Mountain County Wants Faster Broadband
Leaders in Haywood County say they need faster broadband speeds to compete in business.
Some Haywood County businesses like Mountain Dreams Realty in Maggie Valley say their computer bogs down without enough internet power and irritates potential customers. "And they find out it just wasn't here, and they're going to have to do it satellite. They left and went over to Buncombe County," says Realtor John Illingworth.
Maggie Valley's Mayor serves on a committee that's talking to providers about increasing broadband speeds from just three to six megabits to 20 to 30 megabits. He says it's imperative as business changes. "More and more businesses are running from homes. So it's not just broadband in the business corridor any more. It's also broadband in the residential corridor," says Mayor Ron Desimone.
Desimone says faster broadband is vital for jobs to come to Western North Carolina. He says his committee meets again next month and will set up a booth at the Haywood County fair to collect residents' input.
He hopes some grant money will help with funding.
By: Rex Hodge
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