Who We Are

Our Company

BeyondReach has delivered connectivity solutions to the hardest-to-reach areas since 2001.

Our Network

Our coverage map is dynamic because our network and partnerships are always growing.

Careers

Join the BeyondReach team and get ready to thrive in a fun, team-oriented environment.
Who We Serve

Aggregators

We’ll handle your most difficult-to-connect sites, so you can get more time to focus on selling and winning new customers.

MSPs

Give your customers the best, most reliable connectivity with high-speed primary and secondary business internet solutions. 

ISPs/Carriers

Generate enterprise-level opportunities by delivering fast, reliable business connectivity – even in the hardest-to-reach locations.

Use Cases

We’re here to provide options when other providers can’t. Discover how we’ve helped businesses in even the most remote locations.
What We Do

DIA

Primary and secondary business internet solutions with no monthly data limits and performance-backed SLAs.

Broadband

Reliable, budget-friendly connectivity for businesses in hard-to-reach and hard-to-serve locations.

Ethernet Transport

Point-to-point connectivity for secure data-sharing across businesses with multiple locations.
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How Can Providers Navigate Rural Internet Expansion Policies?

High-speed internet access is a pivotal part of modern life, yet many rural communities still lack reliable broadband connections. In 2023, 26% of the U.S. population in rural and Tribal areas couldn’t access broadband connections, compared to only 3% of those in metropolitan areas.1

Expanding rural internet requires service providers to navigate a complex regulatory environment fraught with both challenges and opportunities. To successfully bring connectivity to underserved areas, understanding regulations and how to leverage them for expansion is key. In this blog, we’ll explore the difficulties and incentives government regulations create – so service providers can turn regulatory hurdles into catalysts for closing the digital divide.

Regulatory Challenges in Rural Connectivity

Offering internet services in rural areas poses specific regulatory and economic challenges for service providers. Rules intended to encourage market competition and compliance with technical standards often have high costs that are difficult to offset in lower-density rural markets. Two primary areas where these regulations present challenges are:

Navigating Complex Regulations

Telecommunications regulations can be overly complex and difficult for providers to follow. For example, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforces rules on using radio spectrum frequencies, which are essential for providing wireless internet. Following these complicated regulations requires not only understanding the legal intricacies but also being adaptable to evolving guidelines.

Balancing Cost and Compliance

Regulatory requirements also add costs for service providers. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 introduced several rules intended to foster competition – but also imposed compliance costs. These costs make delivering internet services in rural areas with lower customer density less economically viable for providers.

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Opportunities in Rural Broadband Regulation

While regulations impose challenges, they can also create opportunities to expand rural broadband services when shaped intentionally. Policies that incentivize investment through subsidies and collaborative frameworks allow providers to overcome cost barriers. The biggest opportunities for service providers include:

Incentivizing Expansion Through Policy

Government programs often provide financial rewards to encourage expanding rural access. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund gives funding to companies that extend service in rural zones, greatly lowering the costs of complying with rules and building infrastructure to make rural internet more attractive for providers.

Pave the Way for Rural Connectivity With BeyondReach

Bringing reliable broadband to rural communities requires navigating a nuanced regulatory landscape. By understanding regulations and leveraging incentives, service providers can sustainably expand connectivity to help rural residents fully participate in our digital world. 

At BeyondReach, we partner with ISPs, MSPs, and aggregators to bring connectivity to even the most remote locations. We believe every business should have internet, which is why we’re passionate about designing high-quality, creative broadband solutions for hard-to-serve locations. Our wide-reaching network enables partners to provide reliable, high-speed internet to underserved communities across the U.S. and Canada.

We’re dedicated to empowering rural communities with the connectivity they need, backed by a deep understanding of the regulatory environment and a commitment to innovative solutions. Ready to get started with solutions that help bridge the rural digital divide? Reach out to BeyondReach today.

Sources:

  1. https://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2023/december/who-is-served-by-usda-rural-broadband-projects-study-shows-smaller-share-of-eligible-american-indians-and-alaska-natives-reached-by-reconnect/

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