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I read with interest the article on the front page of the Times’ Oct. 26 issue about DANC moving to make available 4G service and additional broadband to a number of communities in the north country. This is indeed a laudable improvement for the north country.

However, I wonder if DANC knows that there are small settlements in the north country who depend upon satellite or dial up for their Internet because broadband of any kind is unavailable to them. I live on Donnattsburg Road with 10 other families in Grieg where we have spotty cell service at best and no hope, according to Frontier, of ever having broadband service. We are off of the Chase Lake Road along which runs cable and three miles from Chase Lake that has broadband service available, yet we do not.

The reason we have been given is that the hub is too far away in every direction, and that there are not enough people on our little road to warrant offering us this service. It is wonderful that DANC is offering big-city service to communities in our area, but wouldn’t it be better to get all of the north country’s citizens up to usable cell service or broadband before doing this?

Patricia Homer

Glenfield

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