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Idaho's Internet Speeds Rank Slowest In Nation

POTLATCH, Idaho (AP) - Residents of the remote and sparsely populated state of Idaho likely won't be surprised to learn that the state has been ranked last in a national study of Internet
speeds.

But some economic development officials say the slow speeds are more than an annoyance _ they hinder growth.

The New York Times reports that even though Idaho has more than 11 federal funded projects under way to establish high-speed broadband, it still came in last in the study done earlier this year by Pando Networks, a company that helps consumers accelerate downloads. Susan Crawford, who focused on broadband issues for President Obama early in his administration, says the country needs to invest in improving rural Internet access so jobs will be sent to places like Idaho instead of India.

      
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