By Bob Beck
Laramie, WY – Rural communities without broadband Internet access will be economically crippled, according to a new report by communications experts at the Center for Rural Strategies. Wyoming is ranked 49th in the nation for Internet speeds according to SpeedMatters-dot-org. Doctor Sharon Strover of the University of Texas put together the report. She says companies will lose out to others with high speed connections.
"If you've ever tried to pull up a graphic image on a dial-up connection, you are waiting for a really long time. That means that in order to do something as simple as ordering a part, you are at just a huge disadvantage."
However, Strover says it does appear that the F-C-C and others understand that it is a problem that needs to be corrected. The F-C-C plans a report on rural Internet access later this year.