U.S. Senator John Thune led a talk in Washington pushing for more high-speed broadband connections in rural areas.
Washington is looking for ways to hook up high-speed to more than 20 million people in rural areas.
Thune argues that the future of broadband in South Dakota is the future of business, and the challenges are big — especially in a largely rural state.
He says high-speed broadband is the future for many business sectors, including agriculture in South Dakota.
Thune says the U.S. is behind tech leaders like China and South Korea, so it’s important Washington finds a way to fund a 5G investment.
“The business cases for delivering 5G to New York and Chicago are much different for Sioux Falls and Spearfish. If inadequacy of Spectrum resources makes 5G less viable, it will be the rural areas that no longer make business sense,” Thune said.
Thune says 5G could bring $500 billion in economic growth and 3 million new jobs to the U.S.
This talk comes after Thune’s Mobile Now Act, which was signed into law this March.
The law will help boost the development of next-generation broadband and reduce the red tape in getting the process done.