On early mornings in Yanceyville, a Caswell County community about 70 miles northwest of Raleigh, you can often find small business owners parked outside of government buildings or McDonald’s, checking their email and trying to start their day from their cars.

That’s because just around 50% of the households in the rural county have access to high-speed internet, forcing them to make due with whatever they can find, the county’s economic development director, Cori Lindsay, said.

Read the article on The News & Observer to find out how governments and organizations like RIoT are choosing to invest in rural areas.