Insights 2022: Rural Broadband Expansion

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The task of closing the digital divide in the U.S. is falling largely to a diverse group of internet service providers (ISPs) including regional and rural broadband providers, electric utilities and co-ops, satellite operators, and others. Although far smaller than the Tier 1 giants, these providers face the same technology and business challenges—but with fewer resources or scale, and fewer subscribers per investment dollar. IP connectivity is a critical element of this calculation, playing a fundamental role in the efficiency of the core network and its affordability to subscribers. In a survey conducted by Gatepoint Research, select IT and networking professionals have provided their feedback
specifically around the topic of IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 migration. Companies surveyed include a representative sample of internet service providers such as electric cooperatives, regional internet service providers, mobile network companies, regional telcos, FTTH providers, and web and cloud hosting companies
Key findings include:
• 74% of ISPs offer FTTH for subscriber-facing networks
• 53% of ISPs will run out of allocated IPv4 addresses within three years
• 28% have not yet put a plan in place for the transition to IPv6


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