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Trump pushes to expand high-speed internet in rural America

From Reuters - January 8, 2018

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was expected on Monday to sign an executive order to make it easier for the private sector to locate broadband infrastructure on federal land and buildings, part of a push to expand high-speed internet in rural America.

Faster internet speeds in rural areas have long been seen as key to addressing the economic divide between rural and urban America, but the costs have so far been prohibitive.

About 39 percent of rural Americans lack access to high- speed internet service, the Federal Communications Commission said in a 2016 report.

We need to get rural America more connected. We need it for our tractors, we need it for our schools, we need it for our home-based businesses, a White House official told reporters ahead of Trumps speech at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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