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October 10, 2011

WHITESBURG, Ky. - Kentucky media and rural community advocates say the lack of broadband Internet access will cripple Appalachian economies further if more isn't done to bridge the digital divide. The Center for Rural Strategies is hosting a rural broadband conference and hearing this week in Whitesburg to let citizens sound off about the future of wireless Internet and its expansion into rural communities.

Dee Davis, the Center's president, says the stakes are too high to keep silent.

"If your small town doesn't have broadband, doesn't have accessible, affordable broadband, then your community is going to be at a real disadvantage. Your kids are going to have a harder time competing in school. You're not going to get the same kind of health care technology and services."

Appalshop, an arts and education center in Whitesburg, is co-hosting the summit. Appalshop filmmaker Mimi Pickering says affordable, high-speed Internet could be a real equalizer that allows rural towns to compete with the rest of the world in a fast-paced, global economy.

"Broadband reduces the isolation of rural areas and allows people to stay there and to do all kinds of different entrepreneurial work."

The rural broadband meeting will also focus on AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile, and the U.S. Justice Department's suit to stop the deal. Davis contends there's no proof the merger would benefit rural communities: as he says, the industry's record speaks for itself.

"None of the industry has been very interested in reaching out and serving rural America. So, it's important, whatever shakes down from these attempted mergers, that rural is served better."

Mimi Pickering agrees, and says rural activists and citizens should also keep a watchful eye on congressional moves to cut federal programs that have supported rural and electric co-ops that provide broadband services.

"Some of them they've looked at have been these programs that have supported rural telephone and electric co-ops in our region that are providing this service that these bigger companies didn't want to."

The two-day Rural Broadband Summit and Hearing begins Tuesday. More information about the event can be found at

Renee Shaw, Public News Service - KY