National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Advanced Telecommunications in Rural America (Apr. 26, 2000) (full-text).
This is a response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to a request by ten U.S. Senators on the status of broadband deployment in rural versus non-rural areas in the United States. This report also responds to a call by President Clinton and Vice President Gore to bridge the digital divide and create digital opportunities for more Americans.
The rate of deployment of broadband services wis key to the future economic growth of every region, particularly in rural areas that can benefit from high-speed connections to urban and world markets. The report concluded that broadband deployment in rural areas is occurring at a slower rate than in urban areas and that deployment of broadband services is less likely to occur in remote areas outside of rural towns than in such towns.