Push is on expand internet access in Adams County

Written by Ben Allen | Nov 28, 2013 3:30 AM

(Gettysburg) -- Advocates in Adams County are touting what they call a simple way to increase economic development.

They're encouraging internet service providers to help get more of the area online.

The organization Adams County Connected is working to show internet service providers the demand for high speed connections and notes about 20 percent of the county doesn't have broadband.

Businesses say they'll use the increased coverage area to allow employees to work from home and connect with businesses around the world.

The group's Josh Hinkle says the Internet Service Providers recognize there's money to be made, but Adams County has been towards the back of the line.

"It's a matter of priority and potential. You know, the old saying about real estate is location, location, location," he says. "When you see these large companies looking at where they can do the greatest amount of business it points to metropolitan just based on population saturation."

Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually says it's a long process, but hopes it benefits everyone involved.

"The county is not going to wave a magic wand and create more internet," he says. "But hopefully, by learning what our businesses need -- small and large -- and what the providers are willing to put into place, we can conntect those two when, honestly, if you run a small business you don't have the time to do this kind of research."

Qually is involved in the effort and says it's critical for economic growth. He says the county plans to set a new list of goals at the start of 2014 and is expecting internet access to increase with the help from internet providers.

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