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Residents in rural Eugene plead for access to high-speed internet

"We're just one example of people...rural people looking for decent internet," said Eugene resident James Callaway.

Posted: Feb 9, 2019 5:11 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - About one hundred community members met at the Spencer Creek Grange on Lorane Hwy to plead for access to high-speed internet.

"We're just one example of people...rural people looking for decent internet," said Eugene resident James Callaway.

At the meeting, residents called themselves the "forgotten part of Lane County" as many of them are left with either limited internet access or no internet access.

Some said the lack of internet makes it hard to do business from home. Others said the lack of internet access is unfair to students in the rural area who can't access access the internet.

"We use the computers a lot at home. we have multiple computers. multiple devices. im looking for higher speed...higher reliability internet service."

A representative from Senator Jeff Merkely's office and Heather Buch, the newly appointed Lane County Commissioner attended to listen to the community's concerns. Other Lane County officials were at the meeting also to answer questions and discuss the next steps.

If you missed today's meeting and want to join the conversation, click here.

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