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2019 State of the States – Provider Challenges

38% of districts that connected to fiber couldn't get the fiber they needed from their current providerIt can sometimes be challenging for districts to upgrade their broadband services, so anytime they can leverage a competitive marketplace and look to new providers for new services, whether they be new contracts or bids to build fiber, it’s beneficial. This is especially true for districts upgrading to fiber. Since 2016, 38% of the districts that upgraded to fiber did so with a new provider. This is much higher than the districts that upgraded their bandwidth by switching to a new provider, which was 24% in 2019.