Mapping Broadband in Western North Carolina

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I live on US Hwy 19W in the Burnsville area about 8 mi from TN border and have been here for 9 years. We have no access to DSL, cable, or anything but satellite. Satellite is not only expensive, but upload speeds are incredibly slow (actually both upload and download are slow, but upload is crawling)...this makes it difficult to be on the same playing field as others, especially when working from home and taking classes online (I am a graduate student depending on distance learning at times, which is interactive). The quality of phone lines out here is poor, so DSL is something that is only promised in the future and has been for 9 years. We were promised broadband several years ago through a local cable company (grant funded initiative), but that is something we still do not have access to and may never. It's hard to compete in a competive world when technology cannot be brought current. By the way, we pay the same for phone service for lines that crackle when it rains compared to someone in town who has better lines and access to DSL.

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