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Hundreds of electric cooperatives are providing broadband or assessing the feasibility of providing service to more than 6 million households in co-op service areas that don’t have access to high-speed internet service.

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Where we stand

Progress has been made recently to expand broadband access, but more policy support and continued financial investment is required to close the digital divide. Electric co-ops are working with policymakers to improve broadband data collection to reveal gaps in coverage and target federal resources to achieve universal broadband access in unserved and underserved communities.

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Cooperatives and Businesses

Broadband is a key part of modern co-op operations. It can improve grid reliability and efficiency and help pinpoint outages and speed the restoration of service.


A 2018 NRECA study showed that the 6.3 million households in co-op service areas that don’t have broadband would receive an annual average of nearly $2,000 each in economic benefits—more than $68 billion total over 20 years—if they had access. Broadband benefits include improved health care, online learning opportunities, increased productivity for local businesses, higher housing values, and consumer savings through access to competitive online sellers.
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Co-op Broadband in Rural Virginia

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Morning Consult | Accelerate Efforts to Bridge the Digital Divide

Texas Public Radio | ‘You’re Doing This to Allow Your Communities to Survive’

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