Rural Marion County residents lucky enough to even have the ability to connect deal with slow and patchy internet.
MARION COUNTY, Tenn. —
The Federal Communications Commission says 35% of Americans living in rural areas don’t have any access to the internet.
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that they will invest two billion dollars to help rural areas access reliable internet.
Many Americans in rural parts of the country are cut off from the rest of the country because of unreliable internet. Rural Marion County residents lucky enough to even have the ability to connect deal with slow and patchy internet. Mayor David Jackson says “We have a lot of people moving to Marion county because of the beauty and natural resources.
They’re out in the rural areas of Marion county, but they’d still like to have access to the rest of our world.”
While they don’t quite know the new FCC buy-in will affect them yet, the Sequatchie Valley Electric Co-op is already conducting a study looking into bringing fiber to the most rural areas of the county.
Mayor Jackson said the FCC’s announcement can do nothing but help when put to use with state funds.