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The digital divide is a pervasive issue drawing a gap between those who have access to high-speed internet and those who don’t. This lack of connectivity is extremely prevalent in rural areas which often lag far behind urban and suburban areas when it comes to having internet access.
While the digital divide has always been an issue, it’s been greatly underscored by the COVID 19 pandemic, which has driven many jobs, schools, and even medical practices to operate online. Without this connection, many Americans are left without critical access in everyday life. Government funding is helping to improve coverage and affordability. The evolution and introduction of new technologies that address operator and rural market service requirements is supporting advancement as well.
A key example of expanding high-speed Internet coverage is Samsung’s work with t3 Broadband. Samsung and t3 are working together to help rural operators expand coverage across more remote areas across the US. The partnership pairs t3 Broadband’s expertise, including the ability to design and deploy powerful network solutions and services remotely, with Samsung’s CBRS massive MIMO portfolio and solution bandwidth, speed and cell edge performance. Together, these help rural operators deliver and enhance broadband connectivity in hard-to-reach locations.
Samsung and t3 both believe everyone should have access to stable, high-speed Internet service, regardless of location. Listen to this episode to understand how they, and other organizations, are working to bridge the digital divide for consumers across the Midwest and showing the way for other rural areas across the country.