Rural areas represent areas that are the most in need of high-speed internet service. Not only does high-speed internet increase the options for day-to-day communications, but it increases options and opportunities for the school and health care systems in rural areas.
However, these rural areas also represent the areas most often left out of the reaches of high-speed internet coverage. Because of the greater expense, internet companies often choose not to provide service as readily in these rural areas. Currently, only around fifty percent of rural comes have high-speed internet, while around seventy percent of urban homes have high-speed internet.
Some lawmakers, like Mark Udall from Colorado, have been working to remedy this discrepancy. The Department of Agriculture has recently passed legislation that will increase the amount of money given to rural Colorado residents by close to nineteen million dollars.
In order to keep up with the changing pace of the world, resident in rural areas of America should have access to high-speed internet. Living away from the city should not mean living away from technology.