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Apr 4, 2016 5:54 PM

Study: Coos County has worst broadband access in state

The Associated Press

LANCASTER (AP) - A college study says that about 31 percent of residents in a northern New Hampshire county don't have access to broadband service— the worst coverage in the state.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports that the University of New Hampshire study says much of Coos County has no broadband access because technology is typically offered in the southern and most populated part of the county.

Researcher Fay Rubin says the central and northern parts may have access to the internet, but it's not fast enough for many uses, including some businesses.

Rubin says the problem is that internet providers don't see a profit in rural areas because there are few people and businesses.

Officials say the state hasn't set aside money to encourage broadband in areas ignored by commercial firms.

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