5G is around the corner, yet pockets of America still can’t get basic internet access
This is part of CNET’s “Crossing the Broadband Divide” series exploring the challenges of getting internet access to everyone.
This corner of Iowa, where I grew up, isn’t alone. While US carriers are busy promising super-speedy 5G wireless service, pockets of the country still have slow or even no internet. In many rural areas, there are only one or two providers, and the service available is pricey and spotty. Hospitals, schools and other critical groups don’t have fast-enough internet to function. Federal and state governments have provided billions of dollars to companies to build out speedy fiber networks, but outdated and undetailed maps make it tough to identify areas in need.
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Many of the problems in this article can be applied to rural California Counties. It is an ROI issue, which is driven by population density. You can look at the US Census maps and figure out the probability of getting broadband access. The problem is acerbated when considering 5G service as the cell tower coverage is measured in square yards, rather than square miles. If you do not have broadband now, the probability of getting 5G anytime soon is very low, if not zero.