(Image: Optical fibers via Shutterstock)Joyce Coltrin runs a wholesale nursery about 10 miles from the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee, in rural Bradley County. She relies on her iPhone at work because there is no internet connection at the nursery.
"A lot of the college students go to do their homework at McDonald's," Coltrin told Truthout. "Imagine your child at McDonald's, in the parking lot, in the dark, running the car so he can see the videos he needs for class."
Bradley County is a digital desert on the edge of an internet oasis. Internet service with modern connection speeds is not available in much of the area, and some parts of Bradley County have no internet service at all. Less than half a mile down the road from Coltrin's nursery, however, is the end of a fiber optic cable that supplies internet connections with speeds up to 200 times the national average.
By Sawsan al-Assaf and Matthew Schweitzer, Truthout | Report
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