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Widespread support for broadband funding

Survey shows voters across America recognize the need for affordable and reliable internet access.

Rachel Schutte, Content Producer

November 4, 2021

2 Min Read
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Around 20% of rural households lack access to broadband internet, according to Census Bureau data. A national voter survey shows widespread support for funding broadband internet access as part of the federal infrastructure package.

Connect Americans Now, a coalition representing agriculture, education, health care, veterans’ issues, technology and small business, recently released the survey findings.

Broadband internet is essential

Of the voters surveyed, the majority believe the pandemic has increased the importance of access to affordable and reliable broadband internet. Only 13% of respondents shared broadband access is not very important or not important at all in their daily lives.

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Congress should pass infrastructure bill

The majority of respondents believe it is important for Congress to pass the infrastructure bill, including $65 billion in funding for broadband internet programs. Support is highest among voters with annual incomes less than $50,000.

Three areas of the broadband infrastructure proposal attract solid support:

  • Funding for digital training programs

  • Investing in infrastructure to reach Americans without broadband connection

  • Financial assistance for Americans who cannot afford broadband service or devices

Pie chart of voter support for broadband infrastructure package

Equity in broadband access

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Survey respondents recognize the importance of equity in broadband access. Results also show a consensus that broadband is essential in our ability to compete in the 21st Century global economy.

According to the report, 81% of voters agreed with the statement, “The 21st Century economy is becoming increasingly dependent on digital technology. Americans must have the digital skills necessary to succeed in an evolving workforce if we are going to be able to maintain America’s competitive edge in the global economy.”

In addition, 89% of voters shared in thinking owning a device is important for success in the current economy and classroom.

Lawmaker broadband support will impact voter decisions

Most voters say they are more likely to support a Congressional candidate who supports solutions to close the broadband gap. Making sure Americans have access to affordable and reliable broadband could be more important than ever moving forward.

This is a commonality across parties with 77% of Democrats, 57% of Independents and 39% of Republicans in agreement.

See the full summary of the CAN survey findings from Moore Information Group and David Binder Research.

Source: Connect Americans Now. The source is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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About the Author(s)

Rachel Schutte

Content Producer, Farm Futures

Rachel grew up in central Wisconsin and earned a B.S. in soil and crop science from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. Before joining the Farm Futures team, Rachel spent time in the field as an agronomist before transitioning to the world of marketing and communications. She now resides in northeast Iowa where she enjoys raising bottle calves and farming corn and soybeans alongside her husband and his family.

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