Thursday, 25 April 2019 17:26

Who Needs Broadband? Virginia Pushes Forward with Expansion Despite Not Having the Answer

Written by MALLORY NOE-PAYNE | WVTF
Who Needs Broadband? Virginia Pushes Forward with Expansion Despite Not Having the Answer CREDIT CREDIT TOBY TALBOT / AP

Some residents of Virginia still hear that annoying dial up when they connect to the Internet. The state estimates more than 600,000 residents don’t have high speed broadband. There’s a surprising barrier, but the state isn’t letting it stop them from getting people connected.  

Evan Feinman is the state’s chief broadband advisor. He says companies won’t come to a community that doesn’t have good internet access.

“I have conversations with corporate leaders who say ‘Well am I going to be able to get in touch with my manager at 1 am and will he or she be able to send me a document?’ If the answer is no that community’s off the list,” says Feinman.

That’s why the state is pushing for universal broadband within the next decade. But there’s a hurdle: private companies like Verizon and Comcast won’t actually say where the gaps are.

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Last modified on Thursday, 25 April 2019 21:08

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