Microsoft’s Plan to Expand Broadband Would Benefit Rural Americans

The growth of “broadband” (or high speed) internet access has bestowed enormous benefits on the American economy.

Roughly 300 million Americans have access to broadband—increasingly on mobile devices—which enables them to buy and sell goods and services; carry out business transactions; connect with clients, friends, and relatives; and obtain their entertainment, among other uses.

In short, readily available and affordable broadband is viewed more and more as a necessity by many Americans, much like water, electricity, and basic transportation.