Boosting Internet access in Adams County could improve business, education

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Mar 8, 2013 4:00 AM

(Cashtown) -- Increased Internet access in Adams County could create new opportunities for businesses and education.

"Adams County Connected" and the "Adams County Broadband and Internet Connectivity Task Force" want to make a case for more high-speed and wireless Internet access.

Social media consulting firm owner Gerry Michaels joined the groups that are in the process of launching a Website and are getting ready to hold educational sessions to help seniors get online.

He says better Internet service in the county and in local businesses will be especially helpful for the millions of tourists who visit Adams County.

"They're coming with smart phones, they're expecting services, and we need to provide that," Michaels says. "It's not going to do anything but help the area businesses."

Michaels says the groups see opportunities to work with businesses and the National Park Service to make visits to Gettysburg more interactive.

He says one idea could be to use so-called "quick reference" or "QR" codes that would be placed on the many historical markers around the borough and the nearby Civil War battlefield.

When scanned with a smart phone, the codes link to websites or videos that would contain more educational information.

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