In the digital world we live in today, it's common to rely on the internet for work, school, and even catching up with friends. In Frederick County, some residents have little to no internet access.
"It's extremely frustrating," said Lorin Sutton.
He lives in a yellow spot of Frederick County.
"I have two children that are actually home sick they've been out of school for a couple of months now due to an illness, so they've been getting homebound education which is highly depended on the network," said Lorin. "If the network's not there one day, I don't get to work, they don't go to school, so it's challenging."
Frederick County is working on the problem.
In fact, folks got a chance to learn more about possible solutions from an internet provider.
"We've applied for a grant and we hope to put a plan together to provide some viable options," said Walter Banks, Frederick County's IT director.
This high-speed internet demonstration at the county's administration building gave residents one possible option.
In this case ... towers don't have to be put up to get you internet access.
"We download speeds up to 12 megs and our test today, we were downloading speeds up to 24 megs. per second, with upload speeds up to 3 megs per second," said Chris Hild, director of NOVECnet. "I don't know the other providers can't provide to this area, I just don't think they can provide the kind of high-speed that we can."
The IT director with the county says, one goal is to let providers know that the demand is there.
"We're working on that to educate both sides," said Walter. "We're pushing forward. We're hoping to see a lot of daylight in the next year but it's going to be up to the providers."
If there is not a solution soon, Lorin will be forced to switch providers for better service or spend more time going to work in Washington to get his job done.
"It's a heck of a trip so that makes a major impact on my family's lifestyle," said Lorin.
Winchester Wireless, a smaller provider says, they cover some of Frederick County right now and hope they might be able to expand.
If you want to learn more about the service that was shown at the meeting .... you can stop by Frederick County's administration building on Kent street to test out how it works.
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