ADOT researching data highway for rural areas

KGUN9’s Operation Safe Roads, looks at an idea that could improve safety and end slow internet that’s put the brakes on rural businesses.

Planners say ADOT’s highways are natural pathways for high capacity internet lines. The department already has high speed internet on I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix. It helps move the data required for a new system that detects dust storms and warns drivers. The lines also carry messages to overhead signs…

But a bigger goal of the plan is to branch out from the interstates and provide high speed internet where you can’t count on it now.

If like a lot of people you’ve been working from home, living through a laptop you get regular reminders of the value of a strong internet connection. People in rural areas often have no internet or service so slow and expensive it’s holding them back.