More broadband grants going to rural counties, Cornell researchers found

Though states are expanding their broadband networks and addressing market challenges, the digital divide persists in rural areas of the country, according to a state broadband report published this week by the Local Government Restructuring Lab at Cornell University. Through the analysis of 724 broadband grant projects between 2014 to 2020 across 17 states, researchers found that though rural Americans are less likely to adopt broadband, non-metropolitan counties with low adoption rates typically received more grants for expansion projects.

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