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The Internet and Rural America

November 11, 2015
Internet Connectivity in Rural America

Maintaining good internet service can be difficult depending on where you live. In particular,
those in rural areas often struggle to establish and keep good internet service. Dropped signals,
slow uploading, and other problems are common. However, certain improvements in technology,
including broadband internet, are helping.

Improvements in Broadband Internet

Broadband internet, also known as DSL, transfers signals over copper wiring that is common in
phone lines, as well as computer and TV cables. However, the nearest signal must be within
about two miles of the phone company’s central office for DSL to work. Additionally, DSL
internet is delivered over two frequencies, a voice frequency and a data one. These factors make
it difficult for rural residents to get internet.

Currently, broadband.gov is helping eradicate these issues. Broadband business providers
encourage people to educate themselves on the benefits of broadband service and create business
plans that allow for faster internet service in their budgets. Other strategies include finding an
anchor tenant for community service and consolidating demand.

Fiber Optic Internet

Internet service is often expensive, especially in rural areas where demand for it may fluctuate.
Fiber optic internet may be a good option for many rural communities. Fiber optic cables are
lighter and less expensive than traditional copper cables, and they use light to transfer data,
making it faster and more reliable. If you live in a rural area and need fiber optic or other internet
service, contact S-Net for a consultation.

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