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According to the FCC, it is estimated that at least 6.3 million households in electric co-op service areas lack high-speed internet access. New research shows that a lack of rural broadband to those unserved co-op households leads to $68 billion in lost economic value over 20 years. Considering this, many electric cooperatives of all sizes and in many regions across the United States are building broadband communication to bridge the digital divide that exists between urban and rural populations.

If your co-op is interested in learning how broadband could play a part in your business—whether to bolster your co-op’s operations or offer it as an additional service to your members—NRECA can help. From determining the feasibility and legal implications of adding broadband services to your business to understanding how to work with the government on regulations and financial assistance—we offer a wide range of resources, case studies, research and guidance to help you make informed decisions, including:

Business Models and Solutions

Economic Studies

Financial Assistance and Regulatory Issues

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All of these and more co-op specific broadband resources are available on our Telecommunications & Broadband Resources page. Peruse the featured resources or use the filters on the left side of the page to find the resource most relevant to you.