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Watch: Interview with Casey Coffey

When children in small town and rural areas miss out on their right to an education because of lack of broadband, something must be done. Casey Coffey, superintendent of New Lexington City Schools speaks about how he has seen education impacted by lack of broadband.

I live outside of Beverly and our house does not have access to high speed internet. I know that Verizon just put a hub down the street from us and I believe it is for Fiber. Spectrum stopped 5 houses down from us. Our neighbor recently contacted Spectrum and they said they would connect us if we could get the other neighbors signed on as well. First an elderly couple would have to sign on before our neighbor that called can get access. Then a family with two boys with major medical issues would have to sign on before we could have access. [This family has] two kids in K-12 and his wife is taking college classes virtually. My family has one child in k-12 with a second starting this fall. I feel that essentially Spectrum is blackmailing our elderly and medically needy families so we can have access.

Verizon’s ETA for activation is still unknown, but there is no physical cable to our
houses at the moment so it is our fear that we still will not be serviced.

Watch: Left behind without broadband

Former mayor of Crooksville, Ohio, Fred Redfern, discusses the challenges that rural communities face due to lack of broadband access, especially as regards the education system.

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