I wanted my kids to grow up in the country – but not without broadband

I’ve been hearing from folks on the front lines. Today I have a note from Josh from Makinen…

I moved to Makinen MN from Virginia because I wanted to raise my kids in the country as I was raised.  We had high-speed always available internet in Virginia.

Where we are now, we had satellite internet for a short while but got rid of it because it was expensive for slow service that was very limited.

Without a quality high speed connection my sons are not able to do their school work online with their school issued iPads.  My wife and I would both like to go back to school but with our busy lives it would have to be online, which we cannot do.  We never would have purchased the house we did if we had known there was no internet and in fact we are looking to move.  The internet isn’t the only factor in moving but it certainly factors.

For readers outside of Minnesota. Virginia is a town of 8,500. According to the 2010 Census – Makinen is 554. It is 18 miles southeast of Virginia.

If you have a front line story to share – feel free to contact me atreacy@treacyinfo.com

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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