Bring high-speed Internet to Mills River

I am grateful to the town of Mills River for providing a very nice new library and town hall (and soon a wonderful park) with high-speed Internet access available during weekday business hours. The library has been a big help to me as my work as a freelance writer and editor requires a high-speed connection. I wonder, however, when … high-speed infrastructure will expand to the rest of Mills River.

All winter long, through rain and snow, crews dug ditches installing fiber out on North Mills River Road. Linemen working on this project told me that we would be able to receive high-speed Internet once this installation was complete (I was told this would be in early May) and cable-conditioning work was finished. More than two months later, we are still waiting and wondering.

Access to high-speed Internet is critical for the many small-business owners and entrepreneurs who work from home in today's information economy. Failure to provide these services inhibits economic growth and earning potential for business owners. We hope something can be done about this problem soon, as cell-phone service in our area is insufficient for high-speed access.

— Harrison Metzger
Mills River

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