A driver of the rural economy, agriculture contributed $136.7 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2015. Television white spaces can benefit America’s farmers and ranchers by supporting broadband-connected devices that provide hyper-local, hyper-accurate data about crops and outputs.
Television white spaces are helping to bridge America’s “homework gap.” They’re already supporting home broadband connections for students in rural Virginia, drawing from their local school’s existing broadband connection.
Many rural communities across America do not have easy access to doctors and hospitals – states like Mississippi only have 53 physicians per 100,000 residents. Television white spaces can help support an important virtual avenue between patients and doctors.
For decades, America’s rural communities have led the country in entrepreneurship. Television white spaces can help bolster America’s aspiring entrepreneurs by providing access to the internet to share their ideas, goods, or services with consumers around the globe.