Conference on Rural Internet Access
The lack of broadband access in rural parts of Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys was the focus of a conference in Sacramento Wednesday.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Telecommunication policy-makers and business leaders attended the meeting put on by the Great Valley Center at the Vizcaya Hotel in downtown Sacramento. Spokesman Richard Cummings says in many rural parts of the valley, getting access to DSL and high speed broadband is touch and go. You usually have to be within five to ten miles away from Highway 99 to even get access but if you get into rural parts of the area it becomes more difficult and that really becomes an obstacle to job creation and really keeping people connected. For broadband providers, the major issue is whether extending service to rural towns is cost effective. Meantime, cable networks and regional phone companies are locked in combat over who should eventually service rural areas. Great Valley officials say their conference was designed to be a catalyst for continuing discussions on the matter. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.