Rural broadband infrastructure key for Northern Tier

Infrastructure improvements used to be code language for work needed on streets and highways and modernization of water and sewer capabilities.

It still stands for that.

But where the most rural portions of our region are concerned, the need for broadband internet service is the top infrastructure priority.

That much was made clear at a recent roundtable with state representatives held in Wellsboro.

Business and industry leaders from that area made it clear to elected officials that improvement in rural broadband internet service may determine their future viability as employers.

Without it, they are operating with one hand tied behind their back, at a major disadvantage in the competition to provide jobs in the Northern Tier that keep those areas viable and keep young people from leaving the area.

We could not agree more.

Getting the Northern Tier up to speed in broadband internet services has to be a priority. It’s not just good for the Northern Tier, it’s good for the entire state.