One company decided to change that, by offering satellite high speed internet to residents.
“It’s very important because it helps bridge the gap the technology gap between urban areas and customers that do live in rural America.” Booth Communications Owner David Booth said.
Washington county library director Linda Norton says in the past, many people came to the library because they couldn’t get internet in their homes.
“Many people depend on us now to do online filing, job searches, even social security, unemployment, all of those to come down and sign up. If you don’t have internet at home, the library is your only other choice.”
Not having this access has also hurt the counties' economies.
“We have people that moved here that work from home and they can’t get reliable internet so they've left Washington County.” Norton said.
But Norton says she's excited someone has stepped up to help the smaller counties.
“I think it’s more important for people in rural areas to have fast access because they depend on the internet for information than maybe others do for the more populated areas.” Norton said.
“The new services we are offering today are 12 megs download 3 megs up and that’s comparable to most of the cable companies.” Booth said.
Booth says both residents and companies can get this high speed internet.
Booth says they have three different packages to offer customers.
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