My mom doesn’t have access to the Net. She lives in a rural town only 45 minutes from a major metropolitan area but the long distance costs associated with Internet access cause the cost to far exceed the benefits – for her. But what about the millions of other Americans with limited Internet access? Is relief on its way?
A new lobbying group called the iAdvance Coalition is fighting for open competition in the broadband Internet service. The group just released a report naming the areas with the fewest high-speed hubs on the Internet and other factors affecting Net access.
The group speculates that the areas lacking Net access are “missing the benefits of the digital economy.” A dozen states have been dubbed the “Disconnected Dozen” due to their Net inaccessibility. Among those states is Clinton’s home state, Arkansas.
Regulations are cited as the primary roadblock against connecting all of America with the Net. Of course, a company stands to make more money in a heavily populated, wealthy area versus a scarcely populated area with lower income levels. The good news for rural dwellers like my mom is companies are ready to tackle these areas as soon as regulations are loosened. The iAdvance Coalition’s co-chairs are sponsors of a bill to tackle those regulations.