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High Speed Internet Comes to Sussex

Posted: Jul 24, 2018 6:24 PM Updated:
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SEAFORD, Del.- If you're familiar with the Sussex County area, you know that fast and reliable internet is hard to come by.

The internet has even made it tough on the everyday life of locals--including people like Megan Hare, who has trouble teaching her young girls schooling, due to poor service. 

"I've lived out here for almost 12 years, and we've never had anything offered out here for high speed at all," Hare said.

"My one daughter, she has a program that helps her with her ADHD and OCD and all of that, so the tablet is a big part of her learning."

The same goes for Eric Cahall, a father of five who says the slow internet has also impacted his family.

"Every project they have, we have to go to just about every library to try and use their internet, and because so many people are in the library, you have to go to another one," Cahall said.

"Because all of their computers are being used up, because no one can get internet."

Now, locals may have the answers to their prayers, as state officials recently announced a plan to boost the internet in dead zones throughout Sussex County. 

At a press conference Tuesday, Gov. John Carney explained the state's plans. 

"Today we're announcing that within the next 24 months, an aspirational goal for us, that within the next 24 months, every Delaware resident and business will have consistent access to high speed internet."

With better internet, officials believe this will directly impact economy.

"We have the land, we have great workforce, we have infrastructure, we have water, we have sewer, now we can offer broadband to the businesses that want to relocate here," Bill Pfaff, director of economic development said.

"That's one of the key elements that we've been lacking in the county."

If all goes as planned, state leaders hope to have high speed internet up and running in dead zones in Sussex County by 2020.

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