America is waiting: 1.3m rural residents still lack mobile broadband coverage

27 Mar 2013

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued its 16th Wireless Competition Report, and despite positive findings relating to innovation, investment, and competition, it is apparent that more than 400,000 people in rural areas still lack mobile wireless voice coverage (as of October 2012), while 1.3 million do not have access to wireless broadband technology. The report notes that, while 99.3% of the rural population is covered by at least one mobile voice provider, and 96.6% of rural residents receive coverage from at least two, there is still a pronounced disparity urban/rural split in terms of areas with mobile broadband coverage. 97.7% of the total US population in non-rural area is covered by three or more mobile broadband providers, but this drops to just 65.4% in rural areas.

United States, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)