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Meeting aims to tackle broadband access issues in rural areas

SCHOFIELD, Wis. (WAOW) — A meeting was held in Schofield on Sunday that addressed the growing issue of broadband access in rural areas for residents and farmers specifically. Area city and town officials were in attendance.

Farmers and rural community members that were at the meeting emphasized that not having proper broadband is not only costing them a lot of money for upgrades or opportunities missed, but it’s also negatively affecting businesses.

“To make business phone calls I often drive down to the end of my road,” Kat Becker, Wisconsin Farmers Union Marathon County Chapter Representative said. “That’s five miles, so there I know that I can have really clear service and I think a lot of people can’t imagine. It seems almost like we’re in the 1800’s. I have to drive to use a phone, but that’s really the situation more and more where we’re living.”

Becker is encouraging people in rural areas with the same issues to take the initiative to engage in the political process and start reaching out to local politicians. She also added that you can get involved with the Wisconsin Farmers Union if you’re having issues, even if you’re not a farmer.

Rashad Williams

News 9 Reporter

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