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According to a PEW Research Center survey, 24% of rural adults say access to high-speed internet is a major problem in their local community, and 34% say it is a minor problem in their community, meaning that 58% of rural Americans believe access to high-speed Internet is a problem in their area. Some community members wonder why libraries have public Internet workstations when the Internet is everywhere, and the reason is because high-speed Internet is not available or reliable everywhere. There is a large population of rural residents within Jasper County that visit their libraries on a regular basis to access the Internet. On average, the library has around 60 rural users a month visit the Library specifically to use our computers.
The rest of the study can be read here: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/09/10/about-a-quarter-of-rural-americans-say-access-to-high-speed-internet-is-a-major-problem/