Top Bipartisan Concerns of Rural Constituents: Investment in Telecommunications Infrastructure.
Happy New Year! It’s January 1, first day of 2018, and as I sit here and try to upload my first blog post of the year to my website I am reminded yet again why investment in telecommunications infrastructure is my personal pain point. I, like so many of us in District 4, live out in the country. It’s a beautiful place with rolling hills and sweeping views and crappy internet. We run a business, a campground on a lake. Our guests don’t think of internet as a luxury, it’s a basic service and it’s expected. We have the highest level of internet service available in our area and its inconsistent at best: spotty, slow, chronically intermittent. It is so unreliable that we keep a second internet plan as a back up for the times the internet is too slow for the most basic use: email and online banking. We are paying two to three times as much as our urban counterparts and still feel like we are getting a bare minimum service. We are far from the “internet of things” capability of integrated smart products and the technology and services that urban consumers take for granted. Even talking about high speed internet or broad band makes most technology loving rural residents sigh wistfully.