Throughout the United States, rural residents lag behind their urban counterparts in broadband access. This inequity echoes through disparities in access to jobs, education and healthcare, while harming the ability of rural communities to attract and retain businesses and residents. Broadband access has become a major driver of a larger urban-rural divide.
However, local leaders are leading innovative plans to bridge that divide. Join the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association for a breakfast conversation about the state of the urban-rural divide, the most exciting efforts by community leaders to bridge the broadband gap and what urban and rural communities still need from federal policy to ensure that all areas reap the benefits of technological and economic progress.
Christiana McFarland, Research Director, National League of Cities
Kathryn de Wit, Manager, Broadband Research Initiative, Pew Charitable Trusts
Dr. Christopher Ali, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia
The Honorable Corina Lopez, Vice Mayor, City of San Leandro, California
The Honorable Randy Maluchnik, Commissioner, Carver County, Minnesota
Craig Eccher, President and CEO, Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., Pennsylvania