We are hardwired for connection, and we’ve built a global community that depends upon strong connections across infrastructure, investment, and opportunity. To be connected in our society signifies opportunity. Yet many rural communities still lack the basic infrastructure and opportunities that would allow them to participate fully in our nation’s democracy, economy, culture, and society. Fifty-three percent of rural areas (22 million rural Americans) do not have access to broadband service, which we understand as critical to finding a job, being successful in school, applying for social services, and obtaining quality health care. We also know that connection extends to other essential services and opportunities that are lacking in rural America like quality and affordable housing, transportation, childcare, cultural and artistic expression, and pathways to economic stability. Connection for the Rural Assembly is about building bridges to opportunity.