Universal availability

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Policymakers and the private sector should ensure universal deployment of reliable high-speed internet infrastructure. This includes underserved areas, such as rural areas and communities with low incomes. Speeds and data capacity should be sufficient to accommodate everyday applications such as video conferencing, telehealth, and streaming. To the extent feasible, policymakers should prioritize deploying infrastructure that provides the fastest and most reliable service, in particular fiber. 

Federal policymakers should implement an aggressive national high-speed internet deployment strategy that includes specific targets in terms of penetration, coverage, and usage. States and localities should pursue a complementary strategy, particularly in areas where national strategies leave gaps. Because the financial means of communities varies significantly, to the extent feasible, priority should be given to those communities with the fewest resources.