Many Rural Places Are Still Struggling to Connect
April 27, 2022
Livable Communities Newsletter
Publications & Resources
New, Free Fact Sheet Downloads
Created by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance with support from AARP, this six-part fact sheet series explains the challenges many communities and residents still face due to the lack of broadband (aka: high-speed internet) access and the devices needed for making online connections.
Offline Places Are Getting Online
Landlines and phone booths aren’t artifacts in locations without internet service. (Pictured, a pay phone at the International Peace Garden on the U.S. - Canadian border in North Dakota.) Visit the AARP Livable Communities “Broadband Archive” for a list of articles about how rural towns, cities and counties — including many in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities — are creating or expanding internet access.
Livability News & Notes
A Broad Horizon
— Policymakers focusing on broadband connectivity need to consider a variety of conditions, including population density, average incomes, geology, topography and the range of competitive offerings already available.
The Need for More Housing
— Learn why there’s never been such a shortage of homes in the United States as there is now.
— My Community Explorer (or MCE) is an interactive map-based tool that highlights demographic and socioeconomic data that measure inequality.
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