AI Data Centers Could Help Bridge Rural America’s Digital Divide

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“Millions of households across rural America don’t have access to the high-speed internet necessary to fully participate in the modern economy, but the emergence of data center development in new areas to support artificial intelligence could play a key role in filling those gaps. Even as the rapid adoption of AI technologies makes the present feel increasingly like a future imagined in science fiction, the only internet available in many U.S. rural communities is decades out of date. One in five rural households lack access to broadband, according to the Federal Communications Commission, meaning that for large swaths of the country the internet means dial-up speeds over obsolete networks that can’t support ubiquitous applications like Zoom or streaming video.”

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