Leveraging Public Lands to Connect Rural America
In the 21st century broadband communications are as vital as roads and bridges, powerlines, and water and sewer systems. Ninety-seven percent of Americans who live in urban population areas have access to high-speed internet and broadband services, but access for rural and Tribal areas continues to lag. The BLM is uniquely positioned to help close the digital divide by making public lands available for broadband infrastructure through right-of-way (ROW) authorizations.
Broadband access supports economic growth and competitiveness, provides access to health care and educational opportunities, and enhances civic participation.