Kim Hart and Sara Fischer for Axios:
Broadband technologies are getting better and faster – but their access is still concentrated in metro areas and suburbs, leaving huge swathes of land with marginal services or nothing at all.  The benefits of broadband advances go largely to consumers who already have many opportunities for robust internet connections. Despite efforts to limit the digital divide, rural areas, small towns and low-income neighborhoods are still striving in the big cities to access reliable and affordable broadband service.
The Federal Communications Commission last week demanded that broadband service providers report more detailed data on where their networks are available following criticism that the agency's data is exaggerating broadband access. The agency also proposed directing $ 20 billion over 10 years to fund network expansion in uninhabited locations.
Last week, Verizon announced that 5G is now available in parts of four additional cities – Washington, DC, Atlanta, Detroit and Indianapolis – and says it plans to have 5G services in more than 30 cities by the end of the year. However, the new service in some cities like Chicago has been spotty and limited.
$ 20 billion is a good start, but "it will still be difficult to get coverage anywhere," said Shirley Bloomfield, NTCA CEO, who represents rural, community providers.
MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, as 5G grows, it will improve broadband access, alternatives (and therefore through competition, pricing) in rural areas, small towns, and low-income neighborhoods in big cities.