As coal falls, a digital revolution begins in Appalachia. This hurdle blocks the way.

By Gabriel Sanchez

The GroundTruth Project

November 12, 2017 6:05 PM


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Silicon Valley, meet Appalachian Mountains.

In Eastern Kentucky, in the heart of rural Appalachia and amid the coal-dust remnants of the Industrial Revolution, a nascent digital revolution is taking shape. After the rapid decline of the coal industry, Eastern Kentuckians are attempting to diversify the region’s economy, but limited access to broadband internet poses a significant challenge.

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Posted: November 13, 2017