Rural And Urban Internet Speeds Still Not The Same

August 30th, 2013

Living in the country may give you lots of peace and quiet, cleaner air and a higher degree of freedom. But what about the internet connections you can get? A huge difference between rural and urban internet speeds exists, and it must be closed. But why is it so costly to get wired connections like cable or fiber optic to rural areas? Cost is the main reason. It actually costs more to power ten rural homes with a land-based connection like DSL than it is to connect a hundred homes located in an urban area. But the Universal Service Fund (USF) helps to get rural homeowners online by paying rural ISPs to run cable and fiber optic lines. In turn, those companies pay back into the USF, ensuring the continuance of rural connection expansion.