• Project Title: How Broadband Can Be Expanded into Rural America

  • BASIS Advisor: Mr. Hirsch

  • Internship Location: Chris McGovern

  • Onsite Mentor: Connected Nation

Access to broadband in rural parts of America has always been tough to come by. With the pandemic, however, that limited access to internet services has become much, much worse. Stories of teachers and students parking in walmarts to gain access to high speed internet for distance learning and using school bus wifi for hotspots have been told again and again. This project will explore how states in the heartland can create a more competitive environment for new broadband companies entering the market, which in turn could mean better access to high speed internet. In addition to this, case studies will be evaluated in different parts of the heartland that tell success stories of how high speed internet can help people.