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Create a future-proof rural broadband network that connects more people, more quickly, and more profitably than ever before

What is rural broadband? Why does it matter?

Rural broadband services are essential to America’s economic future. That’s why the US government is providing rural broadband grant programs and funding opportunities to connect communities and enable a sustainable gigabit future for all Americans.

The digital divide permeates rural communities and disenfranchises people in low-income urban areas. COVID-19 has exacerbated this problem. Without reliable broadband access, rural Americans can't take advantage of remote work, telehealth appointments or online schooling. Community-based businesses struggle to keep up with the movement towards digital transformation and Industry 4.0.

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The US government is providing unprecedented rural broadband funding

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) includes significant investments to help close the digital divide and ensure that all Americans have access to reliable, high-speed and affordable broadband.

  • The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program will fund broadband deployment, mapping and adoption projects in territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
  • The Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program establishes and funds a program for constructing, improving or acquiring middle-mile infrastructure. The program aims to reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas to the internet backbone.
  • The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program funds TBCP, an NTIA program previously implemented under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.
  • The Digital Equity Act dedicates funds to establish three grant programs that promote digital inclusion and equity to ensure that all individuals and communities have the skills, technology and capacity they needed to reap the full benefits of the digital economy.

For further information regarding the different types of government funding programs, please consult Nokia’s U.S. Broadband Infrastructure Funding explained website

Nokia partners with to help connect US communities

Successful grant applications for funding programs like IIJA BEAD, Middle Mile, Tribal, and Digital Equity require comprehensive data analysis of the proposed service area. provides geospatial insights, predictive analytics, business intelligence, broadband grant templates and empirical data in a collaborative, and easy-to-use interface.

To complete their business cases, grant funding applicants also require specific details of the type of equipment that will be used and how much it will cost to build the planned network.

Through Nokia’s partnership with, service providers and communities will now have access to blueprint network designs and equipment planning tools from Nokia to help them build their business case, hugely simplifying the grant application process.

Please consult the platform to see how rural broadband service providers can connect unserved and underserved communities.

Letter from Shaun McCarthy, President – North America, Sales and Customer Experience

Rural broadband is vital for the development of the US economy and our society. Our industry has a great responsibility to bring technologies that will make our society smarter, safer, and better – no matter what. This is important now more than ever.

The unprecedented funding by the US government for rural broadband is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bridge the digital divide in our communities, and we are here to ensure that we as a nation achieve this mission.


Nokia is here to help

We are committed to helping you succeed by creating a sustainable and profitable rural broadband business. Our solutions are optimized for rural broadband and can be evolved to 10 gigabit and software-defined network (SDN) infrastructure – whenever you are ready for it. They enhance the user experience inside the home to drive take-up and revenues – communities will want to be connected to your network. Additionally, intelligent insight and analytics solutions will enable you to operate your network seamlessly and grow your businesses over time.  

Our credentials

Nokia is #1 in North America for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) solutions and #1 globally for next-generation passive optical networks (NG-PON). We were the first to build gigabit and 10 gigabit networks in the US, and the US is home to our fiber and fixed wireless access R&D centers. 

Nokia is a partner of choice to the leading service providers in the US and worldwide. We take best practices and advanced features from around the world and make them available to rural service providers. Our track record of broadband success in the US includes communities such as Chattanooga (TN), Rochester (NY), Dalton (GA), Westfield (MA), Evansville (IN) and Jonesboro (AR). 

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our lives. The digital divide is no longer just about connectivity – it’s also about vulnerability. At best, unserved and underserved households are economically vulnerable. At worst, they lack access to life-enhancing and potentially life-saving services. Unprecedented funding by the US government for rural broadband is an opportunity to help your communities and build a sustainable, profitable broadband business. Our experts will be focused on supporting you. Let us know how we can help and if you have any questions.


Why should you consider Nokia rural broadband solutions?

Our broadband fiber solution lets you bring multi-gigabit access services to rural communities in under-served areas, allowing them to extend voice, data, IPTV and smart-meter communications services to every home and business.

Our fixed-wireless access (FWA) solution complements fiber infrastructure by enabling you to cost-effectively reach widely dispersed homes in rural areas and realize aggressive rollout schedules.

Nokia as your partner 

With Nokia as your partner, you can effectively navigate the rural broadband opportunity and build a deployment plan that will serve you well into the future. We have helped service providers in the US use their infrastructure to offer innovative new broadband services. We can provide you with planning, guidance, solutions and trusted expertise to help you offer new carrier-grade broadband services while improving the reliability and effectiveness of your grid communications network.

Case Study
case study

Empowering the citizens of Chattanooga – Learn how a Tennessee utility used a new smart grid to create a gigabit city

Partner with the leading communications infrastructure provider

  • #1 market share in GPON in North America
  • #1 market share in XGS-PON worldwide
  • Member of Fiber Broadband Association and NRECA

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