Editorial — The long game: Lewis County stymied by lengthy deadlines for broadband | Editorials

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It’s good that work is underway to expand access to high-speed internet in Lewis County.

But based upon information presented earlier this month during a County Board of Legislators meeting, County Manager Ryan Piche said people in some regions shouldn’t expect broadband anytime soon. This no doubt frustrates residents who want to take advantage of improved services.

On Dec. 7, Planning Director Casandra Buell told legislators that internet providers have a lengthy deadline to complete their work under contracts from the federal Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. They have six years to do the work, and this complicates the county’s goals.

“There’s many underserved locations that have received RDOF funding. So with these areas identified as already in…

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