Digital divide

Ohio residents without broadband are being urged to seek federal funds to get connected

The Plain Dealer

From his home just 19 miles south of Columbus in Ashville, Randy Hopkins can see the city skyline.

That makes it even more frustrating that he can't get reliable high-speed broadband service for his home-based software business, ProSystems Consulting.

Hopkins has "line-of-sight" service -- essentially a satellite system that relies on a signal bounced off an electronic repeater attached to a nearby grain silo. At night, the system slows to a crawl when too many people log on.

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