A Need for Speed: Wyoming Calls for Better Internet Access

Wyoming News Service, Casper, WY - Thousands of rural Wyomingites have a "need for speed" when it comes to the Internet. Their access is often limited to dial-up connections, and community and media organizations called Monday for federal action to bring everyone up to broadband speed.

Amalia Deloney is with the Media Action Grassroots Network. She says many areas of the Cowboy State have outgrown their old dial-up modems and do not yet have affordable high-speed options.

Deloney says that besides high-speed access, the Internet needs to stay "open" with guaranteed network neutrality to keep companies from blocking access, disconnecting users suddenly and slowing connection speeds.

Comcast has argued that it should have the power to operate its network however it sees fit, but the F-C-C claims it has jurisdiction over the Internet because it is a form of interstate communication.

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