School districts in rural communities can face significant challenges in the age of the digital classroom. Education Dive reports that four percent of public schools do not have high-speed or broadband internet connections. The majority of these schools are in rural communities. While four percent does not sound substantial, the problem is compounded by the fact that many of these schools’ students do not have broadband internet access at home.
5G recently launched in select cities with download speeds of up to one gigabyte. The technology promises to reduce delays and increase speeds, but concerns remain about whether it will be able to close the broadband gap between urban and rural areas. Questions about whether rural communities will be ready for the new wireless standard mean residents may experience 5G speed much later.
Have you ever wondered why a universal service fund charge shows up on your wireless bill? Or what types of taxes and fees you pay each month and why? While many subscribers voice complaints about taxes and fees, the universal service fund plays a critical role in providing affordable phone and internet services.
Rural communities maintain active subscriptions to cable television at a rate of 28 percent, according to a SmartBrief article by Kelly Mertesdorf. The reasons why cable subscribers decide to cut the cord can include frustration with the cable provider, but the cost and price increases are the number one driver. With a multitude of non-live and live TV streaming options, the challenges for rural communities in embracing this trend are affordability and access to high-speed internet.
Life in rural communities offers multiple benefits, driving Millennials, families, and individuals to seek a new, peaceful existence. While a common perception is Millennials prefer to choose a life in the city, some are making the move to areas with fewer populations. According to Wells Fargo, a higher quality of life and greater affordability are the main reasons why Millennials choose to live in rural communities. Improved quality of life and a lower cost of living are undoubtedly why many move to or stay put in a rural area.