MN Broadband 2020: Broadband 101: The Ever-Widening Broadband Gap

Thanks to everyone for joining the conversation with Doug Dawson. Doug is not shy about saying it like it is – whether talking about the increases in broadband use per household or the impact when larger providers (such as AT&T) quit offering DSL, especially in rural area where competition is getting scarcer…

The Ever-Widening Broadband Gap

It’s really easy to look at the difference between rural broadband and broadband in towns today and assume that today’s gap has to be closed. The reality is that the speeds, amount of bandwidth, and the way that folks in cities use broadband continue to grow at a rapid rate, and that means that the rural areas fall more behind every year. This is another reason not to built broadband that’s ready for the future. If somebody invests in a 25 Mbps or 50 Mbps technology today, that network is still going to have an astronomical gap compared to an urban network even 5 years from now.

Doug Dawson is the President of CCG Consulting, the largest telecom consulting company with over 1,000 clients. Doug has worked in the industry since 1978 and has both a consulting and an operational background. Doug and CCG specialize in helping clients to launch new broadband markets, open new markets and develop new products. Doug in particular helps clients find ways to finance new ventures. CCG has a varied telecommunications practice and helps clients with engineering, regulatory, operation and planning issues. Doug also writes the daily blog, that covers a wide range of topics for broadband and other related subjects.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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