USDA’s rural broadband plan met with criticism and concerns

Slow speeds, bad coverage and expensive service. These are just some of the concerns contained in nearly 300 public comments on Rural Broadband Pilot Program proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a review by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found. Little has been done on the program since President Donald Trump’s January 2017 executive order to expand broadband in the rural U.S., where Americans can pay as much as $155 a month for service slower than the Federal Communications Commission standards.