Internet access in rural Pennsylvania is critically lacking, as I have shown in past artifacts posted here. The rural urban divide in internet access and speeds in Pennsylvania may be the most extreme in the country, with some parts of Pennsylvania not being able to even stream videos.,
This article discusses how this has prevented many from moving into rural areas, further harming their growth, a study by "Survey by Satellite internet found that 36% of respondents said it was preventing them from relocating there. A majority — 67% — said internet service would affect their decision to move somewhere more rural."
It seems there are measures to help fix this, but none have passed. The article also claims that this might be the most bipartisan issue for Pennsylvania, with both Democrats and Republicans on board. This has been an issue for a long time, it's clear the pandemic is causing this sense of urgency, but this still makes me wonder why nothing has been done yet for the rural parts of Philly. As mentioned in another artifact, the community had come together and create a co-operative to bring the internet to rural Pennsylvania.
Jason Nark, 30 October 2020, " Poor internet service a deterrent to rural living, survey finds", contributed by Andrew Rosenthal, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 1 November 2020, accessed 29 November 2023. https://energyrights.info/content/poor-internet-service-deterrent-rural-living-survey-finds