A gigabit fiber optic system that can provide equal download and upload speeds is the way to go for high-speed internet, according to Dr. Andrew Cohill, president of Design Nine Inc. and author of the 2017 Regional Broadband Plan for the Middle Peninsula Planning District.
Speaking before the Mathews County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night, Cohill said that a paradigm change is necessary for broadband.
“People are still trying to put 21st century technology over 19th and 20th century technology,” he said. “We’re trying to design a new kind of infrastructure.”
Broadband has become critical for communities in a variety of ways, said Cohill, from attracting and retaining young people to enabling real estate agents to sell properties.
Broadband is essential for a young population that depends on technology for everything from social media to working from the home, while houses and properties that don’t have broadband are having to be sold at a d...
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