US government lays out strategy to speed up rural broadband deployment

Published by Engadget

By: Kris Holt

(February 13, 2019) – The US government has unveiled a strategy called the American Broadband Initiative (ABI), which aims to speed up broadband deployment and bring faster, reliable internet access to tens of millions of Americans who don’t yet have it. More than federal 20 agencies are involved with the project, which follows President Donald Trump signing an order last month to promote rural broadband.

A White House report outlines a three-pronged plan of attack for the ABI:

  1. Streamline Federal permitting processes to make it easier for network builders and service providers to access Federal assets and rights-of-way, reducing the regulatory burden and expediting the deployment of broadband networks.

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