Improved High Speed Internet in Knowlton and Other Rural Communities in Warren County, NJ
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Knowlton and the surrounding towns in Warren County, NJ, are beautiful rural communities where faster and more reliable Internet is not a luxury-- it is a necessity.
Efforts to expand high speed, reliable Internet should focus on extending network infrastructure to communities like ours.
The benefits of faster internet and fiber optics include:
When given access to affordable broadband, rural businesses restricted to local markets, such as “mom and pop” shops or home-based businesses, can expand their market reach across the nation and even the world.
High speed Internet enhances every level of education from kindergarten through high school to college to graduate school. Advances in information and communications technology means that education is no longer confined to the classroom. New broadband-enabled educational tools allow for remote collaboration among fellow students on projects. The educational advantage possible with high speed Internet has become indispensable to students preparing to enter the 21st Century workforce. Those students with limited or no access in their formative elementary school years are falling behind.
Those who “go without” are left out of the advantages of high speed Internet in areas as diverse as economic development, higher education, health, civic participation and information access.
CenturyLink, an Internet provider with service areas in Warren County, bought another telecommunications company late last year. This merger must be approved by the NJ Board of Public Utilities.
We hereby petition the NJ Board of Public Utilities make concessions for faster, more reliable, and expanded Internet access to rural areas of Warren County a required condition of approval for CenturyLink’s 2017 merger.
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