High speed internet has become a part of people’s lives in the 21st century, and is often taken for granted due to its accessibility to people living in largely populated areas. Students, businesses, the government, and regular people heavily utilize the internet in their daily lives. However, in Arkansas, not everyone has the luxury of high speed internet or, in some cases, internet in general. Some ways to resolve this issue could be to send proposals to internet companies, to create a local or government-run internet provider, or to help and fund companies that are taking steps towards bringing internet to rural communities. In order to give Arkansans high speed internet, the best solution would be to fund and assist internet companies that are already working towards bringing internet to rural communities like ones in Arkansas. Arkansas has the 4th slowest internet in the United States (Molla). Furthermore, there are Arkansas citizens that do not even have access to broadband internet; only about 77 percent of Arkansans have broadband coverage (“Internet Access in Arkansas: Stats & Figures”). When internet is slow, or when there is absolutely no internet, it can hinder people’s performance and put them at a disadvantage. For example, in schools, the internet is used for classwork, homework, research, projects, and so much more. If the student does not have internet out of class, it can be more difficult for them to get work done compared to their internet-owning classmates. Businesses use the internet as a vital part of sharing their products, company, and ideas, interacting with their customers, and reaching a larger market. However, the connection between the consumer and producer can be restricted when internet connection is limited. One way to solve the problem of no internet connection in rural areas would be to make a proposal to internet companies requesting that they work toward bringing internet to rural Arkansas. The proposal can be achieved by consulting residents in rural Arkansas and finding out what they want and what the internet company can provide. Connection and communication between the consumer and supplier in order to make a plan that benefits the two parties would be an ideal solution (“Broadband In Rural Areas”). The cost of this solution would probably be relatively low, but gaining information would be a very slow process. Not every rural citizen in Arkansas has internet access, so it would be harder to communicate their wants regarding the internet. The best medium for communication would be to attempt to communicate with people that live in rural communities that have internet or to send mail through the postal service in order to reach as many people as possible. A proposal solution will take a significant amount of time to execute because someone would first have to find out what the people in rural communities want, what the internet companies can provide, and if the consumers’ requests can be executed. (“Broadband In Rural Areas”) Another way to resolve the no internet issue is to urge the local governments authorization to produce a wireless broadband internet service for those in rural areas and areas with slow internet. Arkansas-regulated broadband can serve as a cheaper alternative for citizens looking for affordable internet in rural communities. Internet run by local governments with the assistance of the state and not shareholders can “offer cheaper service and provide high-speed offering to remote and rural areas overlooked by big companies” (Sisson). A local government internet provider would allow for more acquired internet plans that are shaped towards the rural Arkansas citizens while also eliminating the risk of expensive internet services. Local wireless broadband will likely raise taxes in order to pay for the creation and use of the wireless broadbands. Also, it will serve as another alternative for those in rural communities and those that can not afford internet services from other companies. This can be achieved by supplying citizens in rural communities with a satellite or antenna and a router that can receive long range internet connections. Satellites and antennas transmit and receive data that allows people to access the internet (Schriber). Local internet will also favor better connection because citizens will be closer to internet towers and providers. Another solution would be to fund and assist existing advancements to bring internet to rural poor-connection areas. An example of an existing advancement is AT’s idea of building antennas on existing infrastructures to increase the internet range to those in rural cities (“An Affordable Way to Bring Internet to Rural Areas”). Because of Arkansas’ unutilized terrain and inefficient infrastructure, it is harder for rural areas to retrieve high speed broadband (Bontke). However, this lack of infrastructure can be counteracted by using power lines to increase internet connection range and bring internet to rural communities. Also, helping companies that are already working towards bringing internet to rural areas will save time and cost. Assisting companies includes providing information on where infrastructures are located, where most rural communities reside, and what rural communities need depending on their surrounding. Since Arkansans living in rural areas often have a lower average income than their urban counterparts having state funding will allow for a lower price and greater availability (Rural Profile of Arkansas 2017: Social & Economic Trends Affecting Rural Arkansas). Out of the three solutions: sending proposals to internet companies, creating a local government run internet provider, or assisting companies that have taken steps towards bringing internet to rural communities, the last solution is the best and most probable. The first solution, sending proposals to internet companies, would take a significant amount of time because collecting information of the specific needs and wants of many different rural communities can take many months, even years. Also, condensing that information into a proposal to send to different companies can be long process. After the needs and wants of the people are know by the company, it takes even more time to execute and create an internet plan that fits the internet company and the rural Arkansans. Also, making a local government-run internet company would take a long time to execute. It would also be expensive to startup the company, buy and distribute products to those rural areas, and purchase equipment to send internet. Lastly, assisting companies that have already taken steps towards bringing internet to rural communities is the best option because it can be inexpensive and is already in the process of creating internet for rural areas. Ways to assist companies would be to provide information on the terrain where the majority of rural communities reside and the equipment they would need in order to receive the best connection Providing Arkansans that live in rural areas with internet will allow them to connect with the world and expand their knowledge. Also, having access to the internet brings them access to government websites, Medicare, financial assistance, and a large library of information (Rural Profile of Arkansas 2017: Social & Economic Trends Affecting Rural Arkansas). The reason why it is more complicated for citizens living in rural areas to gain internet is because of “low population density, topographical barriers, and greater geographical distances” (“Broadband In Rural Areas”). However, there are existing companies, such as AT, that are working towards bringing internet to rural areas. Helping existing companies, whether it be providing information on the requests made by rural residents, territory, community, or funding to execute the idea. Funding and assisting existing advancements is the best option because would be cheap and can be executed in a timely manner, and will bring internet to rural areas quicker. It is important to provide Arkansas citizens that live in rural areas with an equal opportunity to access the internet, so that they too can educate, entertain, and have access to help.