Rural America is stuck in the digital dark ages, lacking high-speed Internet access that's so familiar to big cities.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler calls it the "rural fiber gap," because 53 percent of residents in those areas can't access even the minimum level of broadband.
Leave it to a Chinese company to try and fix the problem.
Huawei, a 28-year-old telecommunications equipment company also known as the Cisco of China, is supplying fiber optic gear to provide gigabit-per-second Internet to the distant corners of the U.S., starting with about a dozen rural areas.
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In Walla Walla, Washington, a town of about 32,000 people located 270 miles southeast of the booming tech hub of Seattle, residents will soon experience the glory of high-quality Netflix streaming, Skype calls and online gaming. That's where local carrier PocketiNet Communications has employed Huawei for a multimillion dollar network buildout for gigabit Internet to the home.
A gigabit per second is about 20 times faster than the fastest Internet service currently available in the area and more than 100 times quicker than the 10 megabits-per-second speeds that many Walla Walla residents are able to access. It's the same power that Google fiber is bringing to metropolitan areas like Atlanta, Austin and Kansas City.