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Recent News // The digital divide: Fewer Internet options means fewer homes in Grayson County connect online

Tuesday, May 26, 2015



As most of the world progresses towards constant connectivity, Grayson County could be left on the wrong side of the digital divide. Higher-volume cities like Sherman and Denison see more Internet options available to them, and might find cheaper prices and better signal strength. It’s the smaller rural towns however, and the people in them, who could be barred from broadband.

In January, the Federal Communications Commission ruled to increase the speed of broadband they believe all households across the nation should be able to purchase and access. They designated 25 megabits per second for downloads and three megabits per second for uploads as the magic number for their benchmark speed, also known as 25/3. What they found, however, was that that rural America was underserved in Internet speeds. In other words, 22 million people living in rural America who have slow Internet, if any at all.

“It’s a fairly big digital divide, and the reason for that digital divide is overwhelmingly a rural problem,” Director of Broadband Planning for Connected Nation Phillip Brown said.

- See more at: http://heralddemocrat.com/news/local/digital-divide-fewer-internet-options-means-fewer-homes-grayson-county-connect-online#sthash.8JJb1rYD.v2jUgT4u.dpuf

By Miranda Wilcox
Herald Democrat

As most of the world progresses towards constant connectivity, Grayson County could be left on the wrong side of the digital divide. Higher-volume cities like Sherman and Denison see more Internet options available to them, and might find cheaper prices and better signal strength. It’s the smaller rural towns however, and the people in them, who could be barred from broadband.

In January, the Federal Communications Commission ruled to increase the speed of broadband they believe all households across the nation should be able to purchase and access. They designated 25 megabits per second for downloads and three megabits per second for uploads as the magic number for their benchmark speed, also known as 25/3. What they found, however, was that that rural America was underserved in Internet speeds. In other words, 22 million people living in rural America who have slow Internet, if any at all.

“It’s a fairly big digital divide, and the reason for that digital divide is overwhelmingly a rural problem,” Director of Broadband Planning for Connected Nation Phillip Brown said.

- See more at: http://heralddemocrat.com/news/local/digital-divide-fewer-internet-options-means-fewer-homes-grayson-county-connect-online#sthash.8JJb1rYD.v2jUgT4u.dpuf

As most of the world progresses towards constant connectivity, Grayson County could be left on the wrong side of the digital divide. Higher-volume cities like Sherman and Denison see more Internet options available to them, and might find cheaper prices and better signal strength. It’s the smaller rural towns however, and the people in them, who could be barred from broadband.

In January, the Federal Communications Commission ruled to increase the speed of broadband they believe all households across the nation should be able to purchase and access. They designated 25 megabits per second for downloads and three megabits per second for uploads as the magic number for their benchmark speed, also known as 25/3. What they found, however, was that that rural America was underserved in Internet speeds. In other words, 22 million people living in rural America who have slow Internet, if any at all.

“It’s a fairly big digital divide, and the reason for that digital divide is overwhelmingly a rural problem,” Director of Broadband Planning for Connected Nation Phillip Brown said.

See more at: http://heralddemocrat.com/news/local/digital-divide-fewer-internet-options-means-fewer-homes-grayson-county-connect-online#sthash.8JJb1rYD.v2jUgT4u.dpuf