The digital divide is real, and the need for helping American’s stay connected is substantial – especially those in remote and hard-to-reach areas. Connectivity to high-speed internet is essential for economic development and quality of life.
Thanks to the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), about $45 billion in federal funds are available to expand broadband to underserved areas throughout the U.S.
With the IIJA, a connectivity solution can be crafted to meet the specific needs of each community, with both wired and wireless solutions qualifying to receive financial support. This flexibility provides policy makers, states and communities with the opportunity for rapid deployment of technology solutions upon distribution of funds.
The Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Solution
The combination of new 5G technology and significant government investment provides an exciting opportunity to connect homes and businesses quickly and economically with Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).
FWA is a wireless solution that supports broadband connectivity. An antenna in the home or business connects wirelessly to a nearby cell tower, providing a high-speed broadband connection via a wireless signal, as opposed to the wired connection provided by fiber or cable. Using FWA also provides the dual benefit of enhancing 5G mobile connectivity, ensuring that people are connected at home, at work and virtually anywhere else.
FWA Connects Rural America to the Digital Economy
The infrastructure bill allocates needed funding for broadband and provides an unprecedented opportunity for the expansion of high-speed connectivity to underserved areas.
Advanced wireless technologies have emerged that can provide high-speed connections to homes and businesses quickly and affordably. The solution starts at the cell tower.
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