SEVEN VALLEYS, Pa. (WHTM) — Erika Beers loves her log cabin in the woods of York County, Pennsylvania.
Animals outnumber people,
The setting is serene.
But inside the house, unsettled is a more apt description and peace and quiet are hard to find.
Beers is juggling one career, two dogs, three kids (two school age, one younger) and zero reliable internet.
“It’s really problematic for me,” Beers said. “I work for a company that hosts live conferences. And it’s problematic for my kids because they can’t attend school online.”
A few years ago, Beers and her husband tried to pay to hard-wire their home for better connectivity. The first quote was $10,000. Just as they were about to pull the trigger, “they came back with a quote of $68,000,” Erika said.
So for this family, and countless other parents trying to teach their children well, it’s a juggle and a struggle.
“I pay for someone to come here every day and help my kids with their school work,” Beers said. “And then I go to my best friend’s house and sit outside on her porch in every kind of weather and I work there.”
Beers adds that she spends a majority of the money she’s earning to pay for the kids’ helper during the day.
Millions may be without internet
It’s a familiar story to Pennsylvania State Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York). She has been a strong advocate for better broadband for years.
“Some will say that this issue is simply getting Netflix into every home and I say to you —’Nothing could be further from the truth,’” Phillips-Hill told her colleagues in support of several legislative