As local telephone co-ops have invested in better infrastructure for rural communities with the help of
"Our schools are so important to these rural communities, and so it's important that they have the best services that are available," LaCoursiere said.
In order to fund such an undertaking, Valley Telecommunications received a
"Given the isolation of so many of these communities, it's so important that they be able to have that kind of connection to lots of resources," said
Valley Telecommunications laid the lines to the rural residences first and will finish the project next year when it wires
Having faster Internet service has allowed teachers at the
"One of the big things, of course, is just being able to connect to the expertise, the resources, at the local level that a lot of the rural schools weren't able to do in the past," Meeks said.
Once the faster Internet speeds come to
"I think it will just make it less of an issue," Geffre said. "I'm hoping once the fiber optics come in that will eliminate a lot of those power glitches."
Students aren't the only once benefiting from better telecommunications infrastructure. Farmers are able to utilize better Internet speeds, and the local co-ops provide service for cellular towers, creating better reception for drivers, LaCoursiere said. It also adds the ability to run cable TV to farms.
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