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Left behind

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Goldman, Jordana (main author)
Journal article
Publication Date:
Canada: Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
finance, information issues, information needs, information services, Internet, news media, print media, publications, rural communities, rural populations, rural-urban differences, information technology, digital, digital divide, information methods, broadband, Canada (North America), digital access
6 pages., via website,Ryerson Review of Journalism., Between the hours of about 4 p.m. to midnight, Ashleigh Weeden goes dark. Not for the usual reasons, though. In Weeden’s southwestern Ontario town, the internet connection becomes—for all practical purposes—nonexistent during those hours. The PhD student at the University of Guelph lives in Ariss, Ontario, a “dispersed rural community” sandwiched between urban centres like Guelph and Kitchener. Despite paying about $250 monthly for internet access, she finds herself shut out of the internet. “…[S]ometimes [internet speed] goes one, maybe half a megabyte down,” she says. “I can’t grade, I can’t do anything, there’s no point, I might as well give up until about midnight.”