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Broadband

About 200 electric cooperatives are providing or building out broadband and up to 200 more are 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

Significant progress has been made to expand broadband access, especially with the historic investment in rural broadband included in the bipartisan Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act, which allocated $65 billion to close the digital divide. Electric co-ops are working with policymakers to improve broadband data collection, which is needed 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 also plays a key role in modern co-op operations. Fiber operations improves grid reliability and efficiency and helps pinpoint outages and speed electric restoration.

Communities

An estimated 6.3 million households in co-op service areas that don’t have broadband would receive an average of nearly $2,000 each in annual economic benefits if they had broadband access. That’s more than $68 billion total over 20 years. 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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