The Puzzle of Broadband

by Emily Wolfteich – Industry Analyst

Is the revolution here yet?

Flying among the dozens of buzzwords that make up government-speak is one that has a particularly deep resonance for state and local leaders – broadband. 

Future city with a technology overlay.

Sounds good, right? Who doesn’t want internet for all? The move to virtual environments during the pandemic entwined our society with the internet more closely than ever, enabling education and work to continue and offering new opportunities for connection. However, this quick pivot to near-total reliance on the internet also widened disparities between those with regular, strong access and those without. And there are still many, many without. 

Federal Investment

Effective or Not?

A Pillar of Equity

View of telecommunications towers in rural West Virginia.

This four-part blog series will dive into some of these issues – why it’s so hard to make a cohesive broadband strategy, why it should be both a federal and state priority, and the transformative societal and economic changes that can come from effective implementation. Expanding broadband access is one of those unique challenges that involves bringing a lot of disparate groups to the table, from private industry to local leaders to telecommunication agencies. It’s a jigsaw puzzle that is still being pieced together. But when it is, the picture that will come into view is one of inclusivity, opportunity, and progress.

This blog is number one in a four-part series on the impact of broadband expansion.

Related Posts
Operational Imperatives: Preparing the U.S. Air Force for the Future Fight

A summary of the United States Air Force’s seven Operational Imperatives, plus details regarding their significance to the future of battle.

Top Cybersecurity Trends in the Federal Government and Why They are Important

As cybersecurity tech, frameworks, and standards evolve, there are many trends driving cyber investments within the federal sector in 2023.

The Internet of Things and the Battlefield of Tomorrow

This article discusses the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it relates to the future of the U.S. armed forces.

AI & the Pentagon: Cautiously Curious

As AI hype increases across the public and private sectors, organizations are weighing the possibilities (and risks) the tech creates.

Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and the Future of the US Military

An article detailing the importance of robotics, autonomous systems and what it means when it comes to the future of the US military.

Artificial Intelligence & the Government: Who’s Driving the Car?

The GAO’s report on the federal government’s adoption of AI is as comprehensive as it can be – but do we like what we see?

AFA’s Air Space & Cyber Conference 2023: Key Takeaways and Insights

Key takeaways from David Hutchins (Government Business Council) and Jon Hemler (Forecast International) on the AFA’s 2023 Air Space & Cyber Conference.

How government can experience the Great Stay

By Chelsea Jarosh, Industry Analyst at Government Business Council Photo by Bruce Mars via Unsplash. One of the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is what has come to be called the Great Resignation. In early 2021, workers started leaving Read more

Top 5 Supply Chain Issues in the Federal Government… and What’s Being Done About it

This article discusses supply chain disruptions and their impact on the federal government, businesses, and society.

2022 National Defense Strategy: Implications for the Defense Industry

This article unpacks the implications the NDS will have on the defense industry, and more of what they can expect in the next four years.