Broadband access needs to be considered ‘essential’

Letter

Dear Editor,

I am writing to express my concern regarding the lack of internet connectivity in Page County. Quality internet access is increasingly separating the haves from the have nots.

Last Spring, access to shopping, healthcare, work and education depended upon reliable high speed access to the internet. While other districts in the Valley continued the year remotely, Page County students were forced to end the school year in March, leaving them behind.

It’s not only education that is impacted. Reliable, high speed access to the internet for rural communities is also crucial for economic growth and productivity. Job applications and postings, retail sales and countless other transactions for businesses are increasingly on line. Through the use of telemedicine, Page County residents can have access to high quality specialist care without long travel times.

Like electricity and telephone expansion into rural areas almost a century ago, broadband access needs to be considered an essential utility rather than an amenity.

Joe Biden has proposed a large federal investment, $20 billion, for bringing broadband to rural areas. The state of Virginia maintains a grant program for the same purpose.

Let’s bring some of those investment dollars to Page County.

Doreen Benson ~ Page County, Va.  

•••

PageValleyNews.com offers an open forum for the public in its LETTERS section. We encourage letters of local interest by those who live in Page County, Va.; however, we welcome all letters on all subjects from all readers. PVN reserves the right to publish letters at its discretion.

SUBMIT LETTERS TO: publisher@pagevalleynews.com

•••

RECENT LETTERS

Remember Patriots Day on Friday, Sept. 11

The power of your vote

Mimslyn Inn… never again

Luray ‘lovely from the outside’… needs work inside

An open letter to Luray Mayor Barry Presgraves

Open letter from school superintendent on reopening

Rednecks and good ole’ boys

Does Page County need an unorganized militia?

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*