Let them eat broadband

While the Huffington Post gleefully declares phone calls, newspaper classifieds and letter-writing obsolete, Sullivan County blogger and news columnist Jeanne Sager frets that the world is leaving rural upstate New York behind.

As of August of 2009, Neilsen estimated there were more than 220 million Internet users, but only 69 million were broadband subscribers. Listen at a local town board meeting, and there are repeated pleas by residents for these resources - requests to resist the frogmarch toward irrelevancy. We need to get moving before another decade passes us by.

Let it be noted, for the record, that even people who live in a yurt in Alaska with no running water and no road access cannot live without broadband.