APLU will continue to support APLU members' efforts to close the digital divide; build capacity for rural community and economic development; engage rural students; and connect Extension and campus engagement offices to rural communities.
There is no question that rural residents and businesses need access to high-speed internet service. One could argue that the rural challenges of long distances, low population, and business density make access to high-speed internet and digital services even more important than in areas in which the doctor, the grocery store, or a helpful neighbor are a short walk or drive away.
But these same challenges of distance and density also make it difficult for the private sector to offer high speed internet services in rural areas. This paper describes the important roles that APLU members—including Cooperative Extension Service—can and do play in improving digital inclusion for rural areas and proposes a project to support universities in closing the digital divide.
Read how APLU is leading the charge amongst Public Research Universities Advancing Digital Inclusion.