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Slow internet isn't just a rural issue -- Marsha Borling

Slow internet isn't just a rural issue -- Marsha Borling


In the May 20 article "COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating Wisconsin’s rural broadband problem," Jack Kelly of Medill News Services aptly described internet challenges in Wisconsin. But like other Wisconsin State Journal articles on the subject, the article incorrectly portrays the problem as a rural issue.

We live in Dane County, just outside of Stoughton, a mere 20 minutes from the state capital. Yet our neighborhood of 44 homes experiences the same challenges he attributes to more remote areas of Wisconsin. We have no access to any kind of wired, high-speed service. We are forced to use satellite or hot-spot options, providing speeds only slightly faster than dial up. Interruptions and cutouts related to weather are frequent. Participating in Zoom meetings, using Face Time, downloading documents and streaming any type of media are frustrating and sometimes impossible tasks without a high-speed connection.

But this is not a new issue. COVID-19 simply magnified a statewide problem Wisconsin has ignored for way too long.

Marsha Borling, Stoughton


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