Broadband for All

Analyzing the real cost to finish the job.

Even investments as aggressive as the IIJA will not finish the job. But while the cost to bring broadband to all is high, the cost of failing to do so is higher.

How much will it cost to bring scalable, future-proof broadband to unserved and underserved Americans?

To estimate the cost of constructing fiber to all unserved and underserved locations in the United States,  Vantage Point Solutions utilized assumptions based on its real-world experience with engineering deployments in rural markets, a more realistic estimate of the number of unserved and underserved locations, and accounted for inflation and market-driven price increases.

Broadband vs. Band-aids

Over the long term, it is much more cost effective to build a scalable network (fiber optic cable) the first time rather than incrementally upgrading it as users’ demand increases. If networks were built to fulfill “just-for-now” needs, the total cost over time would be multiples higher.

The full version of the paper is still under final review; when available, we’ll make it available for download here.

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