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The acute damage done by the temporary loss of their internet service is an important story to tell. The story also demonstrates the sort of chronic problems caused by lack of any available decent internet in large areas of rural Chatham County. It is fair to say that there are people who don't yet know the possibilities to improve their lives that we enjoy, because they never had internet. This article mentions health, safety, and education. It's also running a business, finding a job, paying your taxes. I just learned that more and more software you might use for your bookkeeping and taxes, or for your creative illustrations, etc. is now only available to run using an internet connection. UNC has a program to transfer your post-surgical care to your home which improves your health outcomes, but only for those with an internet connection.

From: Weeks-long outage shows need for better broadband

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