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High Speed Internet Access in the Rural Areas
—Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2009 at 7:42 pm—
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Yesterday hundreds of people in our rural community of the Mendocino Coast came together to talk about the need to acquire broadband capability in our region. We were led by Shirley Freriks, a local woman with tireless energy and commitment to getting the attention of our government and the wireless carriers. Shirley heads up the Mendocino Coast Broadband Alliance. And she certainly had the attention of local government. 2 County Supervisors were in attendance and our County CEO Tom Mitchell began the session with a very inspiring keynote speech. Mr. Mitchell reported that he had been to Washington, DC to seek the support of our Congressman, Mike Thompson for Telemedicine in our County. We also had the Mayor of Fort Bragg, 1 Councilman and our City Manager.

I was impressed to meet people at the conference that had come from as far away as Chicago, IL to learn about what our needs are. The group did a very good job of identifying all of the possibilities of a high speed internet world. Access to higher education, economic development, and better medical care, and much more were all discussed. I was very pleased to be a part of this movement and to see that dedicated people in small communities such as ours, really can make a difference. It made me feel very proud to be a part of this community. Hopefully, someday, every household in our remote region will have access to affordable high speed internet.

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