Include us in Comcast
The proposed Comcast contract renewal and the lack of support to rural areas was featured in the Oct. 7 issue of the Maryland Independent.
The Hatton Creek Road area of Charles County does not appear to qualify for Comcast service under the current contract due to the contract’s population density clause. There are over 20 homes on our street with lots ranging from 1 acre to 35 acres. As we also have very limited or no cell service, the only access to cable and internet is through satellite service. This can be very expensive and is unreliable. We are a small community and often get overlooked in county decisions. We strongly urge you, our representatives, to include us in the future contract.
Nearly all county schools now use Edline and Turnitin to communicate with both parents and students their expectations, grades and homework assignments. Students are required to use the internet to research, learn and even submit their assignments. Local library branches could provide the internet services required, but our community is more than 20 miles from the closest library. Not having access to the internet nor a local library branch, when the school system has a documented need for it, puts our children at an unfair disadvantage.
Telecommuting and running small businesses out of our homes is impossible due to lack of high speed internet. During inclement weather, public safety information is intermittent at best due to satellite interruptions. Property values are reduced because of the lack of internet access — one commu- nity member currently trying to sell their home reported when a buyer came to look at their home they were very interested until they found out about the lack of internet. The county will directly benefit with increased property values and increased tax basis.
Geographically, we are about 35 miles from the most powerful city in the world — and we still do not have adequate cable, internet and cell phone service. It is time we came into the 21st century. All taxpayers in Charles County should have access to these services. The renegotiation of the Comcast contract is a prime opportunity for you, our representatives, to meet a crucial need of our and other rural communities at no cost to the county. Our community sincerely appreciates your efforts.
Brianna Bowling and Hatton Creek Road residents, Newburg