Rural areas being left with only satellite options
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/11/2013 -- The county commissioner of One bay is making a hard push to get hardwired high-speed internet within the rural area's of the country.
Commissioner Guy Tunnell has brought forth the issue at the “commissioner' comment” section of the recent a recent meeting. He stated if the country is trying to sell itself as a progressive and modern country, it would stand to reason that all residents should have an option to gain access to the internet.
“I just think from a developmental standpoint if we’re going to promote our county as being top-notch, then these are the kind of things — some of the things — we ought to be looking at,” he said.
Due to the push, the county staff is researching the issue intently. Tunnell is aware there is no certainty of what the commission can do, but he is committed to exploring the option.
“I think it's a real important issue for not just our county but all the rural areas,” he said.
Tunnell stated that he does not know how many along the county do not have internet access, but he is surprised “true high-speed” internet is not available in this day and age of technological advancement.
He noted that his neighbors have no service, and admitted that while there are over-the-air providers, such as satellite companies, it is frustrating there is no hard-line company options.
Tunnell noted that while satellite services are reliable, the lack of option is the major problem.
“It’s pretty good, all things considered,” he pointed out. Then adding, ““Just because you live out in the country doesn’t mean that you should not have those kinds of services available.”
Knology, the local provider for Panama City has hard-wired service as far east as DuPont Bridge, and as far north as Lynn Haven, stated Steve Thomas, who works as broadband network manager.
Thomas stated that the services beyond those points is simply not feasible for the internet company at this time.
“The way the cable industry works you don’t want to build anything you can’t make money on,” he said.
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