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Letter: Getting wired

I read with interest your recent article about Greenfield Community College’s plans to offer online courses. Once again, GCC demonstrates its value to our community with this new program, which I am sure will be implemented with the same commitment to educational excellence as the college’s classes on campus. Unfortunately, there are many people in Franklin County who will not be able to benefit from this opportunity because they don’t have access to Internet that is fast enough to be practical for this or any other online education. As more and more programs of various kinds become available online, the “digital divide” becomes more and more serious. Fortunately, there is a group that is addressing this problem. The WiredWest Communications Cooperative intends to bring 21st century Internet to residents and businesses in its 42 member towns, 17 of them in Franklin County. WiredWest is planning to build a fiber optic network that will offer phone and video packages as well as internet. As part of our businesss plan, we need to demonstrate demand for these services. Residents of WiredWest towns can help by filling out support cards to express their interest. Cards are available at most libraries and town halls in WiredWest towns, or an online form can be filled out at www.WiredWest.net. Our website also has a map of participating towns, if you’re not sure whether your town is a member. Waiting to Be Wired,


WiredWest Vice-Chairwoman

and Town Liaison


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