Why is broadband limited in rural areas?
Lack of high-speed internet in rural areas is not an easy problem to solve. Largely, the cause is due to the lack of population density. Providing high-speed internet in rural areas is a challenge due to the high infrastructure cost of running lines to just a few homes or businesses over many miles. The lower than average take rates in these areas make most providers’ business models financially unfeasible in less populous communities. In most cases, expanding broadband access outside of metropolitan areas is going to require one or all of the following: government/public funding, private investment and multiple organizations working together.