5G fixed wireless access could serve broadband to nearly 50% of rural U.S.

by Carolyn Mathas

Federal and state policymakers implement historic 5G FWA broadband infrastructure funding programs enacted by Congress designed to help close the digital divide. 8.4 million rural households are the target for rapidly deployable, and cost-effective high-speed broadband according to a new Accenture (NYSE: ACN) study commissioned by CTIA, the wireless industry association.

The report, titled 5G Fixed Wireless Broadband: Helping Close the Digital Divide in Rural America, reveals how 5G FWA services can quickly and cost-effectively bring high-speed broadband to 8.4 million households in rural parts of the country. Approximately $65 billion in broadband infrastructure programs is allocated to bridging the digital divide.

5G-powered FWA can help solve the ‘last-mile’ challenges encountered in bringing home broadband services to many areas. The report discusses how 5G FWA offers benefits for both mobile rural connectivity and home broadband services. Accenture also identifies additional licensed spectrum, along with stable, nationwide regulatory frameworks that incentivize the efficient buildout of network infrastructure, as key to rural 5G FWA implementation  A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

Original Release: PR Newswire

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