If you live in a rural part of the country, you know that your internet service is a little different from what other people get. These areas have long struggled to get reliable, fast internet that compares to what people living in cities and suburban areas get. If you live in a rural area, you should know that your location comes with some pretty distinct disadvantages, but technology is quickly catching up and allowing companies to reach these areas with better internet.
Even so, there are some things that you need to know about rural internet that may change the way you look at it:
Getting It To You Can Be Really Difficult
One of the greatest parts about living in a rural community is that you don’t have cords running all over the place. However, that makes it difficult to get you the internet, television, and services that you need. Provisioning management is an extremely costly task for most internet service providers, and it is a difficult one to do at that. Thankfully, there are companies like ETI that have started to bridge the gap and bring the internet into these communities. They will have to send out many, many workers and technicians. They may need to put up new poles, run the new wire, and often have to upgrade what already exists. It isn’t an easy job, and some smaller providers can’t keep up with the demand.
Rural Internet Helps Local Businesses
You may hear many people complain about the internet and that it is ruining the way we live our lives, but that isn’t necessarily so. Of course, there are people who are going to misuse the internet and spend entirely too much time on it, but the internet connects local businesses to the rest of the world. Increasingly, businesses will need a web presence in order to thrive and survive - and that requires dependable internet.
Rural Internet Increases Security
Another great facet of the internet is that it fosters community and, as you know, when there is community, there is safety. In rural areas, it is common to not see your neighbors or maybe even know who they are. By connecting online with social media and apps designed specifically for community togetherness, you are fostering something that helps us take care of each other. As more and more people start coming into rural areas for fun, shopping, and even work, it is important that we can lean on each other.
Many Fixes Can Happen Automatically
In the past, people didn’t want to depend on the internet because if something stopped working, it would be out for days and days or even weeks. Now, you need to know that many fixes can occur without sending technicians to your home. All you need to do is alert your service provider that something is wrong, and they can usually fix it from their remote location with the help of a customer service representative.
Updates Are Easier Too
Another great aspect of the technological developments in internet service is that updates can occur instantaneously - meaning what updates the city gets, you will get too. Everything occurs automatically and at the best times for the greater community (usually in the middle of the night).
These updates occur through the wires and don’t require people to come to your home or to the community.
Education Is Improved
For a long time, internet access has been available in most rural schools. However, we all know that homework exists and not all homes have internet. It is important for our children to have access to the internet to do their schoolwork and also just to know how computers and technology work - if they don’t, they will automatically be behind their peers.
Communities With Internet Know More About The World
As the world continues to grow and change, it has become a recurring joke about whether or not specific communities in rural areas “know” about what is happening. This joke used to be far more appropriate, as it would take rural communities longer to know about breaking news. With internet, these communities have more information than ever before, and that can help to increase safety when there are public safety threats, weather conditions, and more.
Rural internet isn’t completely where we want it to be just yet, but it is getting there slowly but surely. Soon enough, everyone will have access to it wherever they go, and we will all be better for it.
Published by Eva Braughly