27 June 2009

Broadband Internet critical for rural America

People who live and work in rural America are often unable to access the same educational, medical, business and government services as Americans living in more populated areas, and access to modern broadband Internet service has the potential to correct this inequity, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

“In the 21st century, broadband Internet access is a necessity, not a luxury,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “To be economically viable, rural communities must have high speed Internet connections for people to access everything from medical records to weather reports to online videos. It is vital for rural residents who want to telecommute to a job in the city and for rural students to complete their class assignments.”

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