"To make lasting and meaningful progress on closing the digital divide, we recommend that policymakers:"
Modernize our broadband maps and data collection by supporting the FCC’s ongoing efforts to develop
location-by-location, address-level broadband maps that incorporate both provider coverage data and
crowdsourced data to capture truly unserved areas—particularly, those that do not meet the FCC’s 25/3 Mbps standard.
Establish universal broadband speed availability targets that are sustainable, cost-effective, and
rooted in accurate data to expand the availability of viable broadband offerings in rural areas.
Create a permanent broadband benefit for consumers who have low incomes by adopting a
modernized long-term, consumer-driven, federally funded, FCC-administered broadband benefit program.
Support local efforts to eliminate barriers to deployment, to promote competition, and facilitate
investment from private sector providers—saving taxpayer dollars in the process.