Broadband is not a luxury; it's a necessity for rural people in Australia and the US. Affordable broadband is a building block for healthy communities. But less than half of rural adults in the US have access to broadband at home, while two-thirds of metropolitan adults do. As the Internet becomes crucial in economics, education, and civic life, communities that are left behind pay a higher price for their lack of access. The Center for Rural Strategies supports policies and programs that expand access to broadband for all Americans, especially those who are marginalized by geography, economics, and other circumstances. Affordable access and widespread training will help rural communities thrive and contribute to the nation's health and well-being.