Franklin County still lagging when it comes to internet speeds

Gov. Baker plans to commit fund to expanding broadband in rural areas

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More and more Americans are online now than ever, but many residents struggle with slow speed internet.

12 towns in Franklin County don’t have access to high-speed internet. Some of those towns are Leyden, Ashfield and Charlemont.

Some residents in these communities do have access to DSL connection, but that’s far slower and less dependable than the type of high-speed service most people are used to.

Turners Falls resident Gregory Wilson told 22News having a high speed connection in this day and age is essential. “If you’re going to college, like at GCC, which a lot of people in the surrounding area do, and you need to go online for an online class, if you don’t have high quality, high-speed internet, professional, business and educational resources on the internet will not be able to be accessed for you.”

Governor Charlie Baker said back in February that he will commit $50-million in state money to build out broadband internet service to businesses and homes in rural parts of western Massachusetts.

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