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June 22, 2012 at 3:13 PM

WSU study: Some rural areas in the state are information ghettos

There’s a great digital divide in our state, “a rural information ghetto” if you will, where folks have poor Internet service or none at all, lousy cellular coverage and a lack of local journalism, according to researchers at Washington State University.

The WSU study found that 3.8 percent of the state’s residents have no broadband service at all, including residents of Ferry County, way up there in the northeast corner of the state, where 80 percent of the people there don’t have high-speed Internet, according to a story on the WSU research published on GeekWire.

What to do?

The researchers suggest creating a consortium to teach community-oriented journalism to those living in underserved areas and lighting a few fires where necessary to bring high-speed Internet service to those areas that don’t have it.

Writing about the story Geekwire rightly notes the irony found by the researchers:

The study also found that rural residents in Washington state use search engines less than adults in other rural areas of the country, an irony not lost on the researchers who pointed out that the Seattle area has large operations of both Google and Microsoft’s Bing.

Have a look at the full report.

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