Connecticut State Broadband Office
signed into law by Governor Malloy, 7/1/15
10/4/15- Digital Divide: Northwest hills of Connecticut struggle to gain broadband access. By Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer.
While incumbent telephone and cable providers do not see a business case for investing in the rural areas of the state, local officials and residents say limited cellphone and high-speed Internet access stall business growth and undermine schools that depend on the web.
“It’s difficult to attract people to that kind of a landscape,” said state Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz. State Rep. Roberta Willis, D-Salisbury, accuses telecommunications companies of failing to do enough to build broadband networks. “You just can’t say it’s the topography and walk away,” she said. “If electricity companies were deregulated like this there would be no electricity in my district.