Due to the ongoing challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government is working to improve access to broadband Internet. In 2020, the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act was introduced in Congress. The bill calls for $100 billion to be invested into broadband infrastructure construction in unserved and underserved communities. Meanwhile, the FCC reports that access to broadband is increasing. The FCC's 2020 Broadband Deployment Report says over 85% of Americans have access to fixed terrestrial broadband service at 250/25 Mbps. That is a 47% increase since 2017. In that same time span, the number of people in rural communities who can access broadband service increased by 85%. Meanwhile, fiber-optic networks became available to 6.5 million unique homes in 2019. However, experts say more can be done to help communities gain access to faster Internet through initiatives like Chicago Connected and the wireless LTE build out in San Antonio, Texas.
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