Broadband for Rural Properties

by Staff on June 22, 2012

Broadband For Rural FarmersIn theory it’s long been ‘possible’ for companies to provide broadband service to rural areas of Virginia.  Possible, but unlikely.  There are still many rural properties that lose a good percentage of their real estate value… because the owners cannot receive the online access that they need in order to run their businesses and their lives.   Schools, hospitals, emergency servers…. all can be impacted when high-speed broadband doesn’t exist.

According to the sponsors of a 2012 Farm Bill amendment, fewer than 1/3 of rural farms currently have access to high-speed internet services.   The bill is expected to pass the Senate and result in several changes – - enhanced broadband mapping, a requirement that recipients of grants and loans must include at least 25% unserved or underserved households in their service, and better reporting of details like broadband speeds.

Virginia’s farmers continue to update their business skills, streamline their techniques, and connect themselves to a wide variety of sources for information that can help them to be better and more profitable.  This bill should help a lot.   You can check out the link for more details.

 

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