GOSHEN, Mass. (WWLP) - High-speed internet, otherwise known as broadband, is a technology that's been around for more than a decade, but not everybody can take advantage of it.
"If everybody is on it with the iPhones and all of those things, it slows it down to a crawl and then you can't really load pictures or do that much at all. It's tough," said Gary Connon of Holyoke.
The western Hampshire County town of Goshen is a town stuck in the digital divide. They have to use dial-up just to get connected. It's also where in 2008, Governor Patrick signed a bill to expand broadband.
"Making sure that there is no digital divide. That no matter where you live in Massachusetts, that you have access to high-speed, affordable internet," said State Senator Ben Downing.
Senator Downing has been pushing for high-speed access. He says the state has invested more than $40-million in Phase 1.
Establishing a high-speed broadband internet connection in some of the more rural areas of Massachusetts is a multi-step process that begins with establishing the connection at a centralized location in every town.
In Goshen, that location is the Town Hall. It's a place where people can bring their laptops to connect.
Phase 2 is running those fiber optic cables to peoples homes.
"It requires getting up on over 30,000 utility poles among 123 communities in western and central Massachusetts. It's put people to work doing that. Now we want to put people to work with the benefits of broadband," said Senator Downing.
Senator Downing says the expansion of broad band internet to underserved communities can create jobs and make it easier for small businesses to function.
With another $40-million in funding, the final stages of this broadband expansion should begin by October of 2014.