Main Street in downtown Alexandria stretches a little more than half a mile along State Route 37. There’s a post office on the corner, a couple churches and a library down the road, and a coffee shop right across the street.
It’s only about 25 minutes outside Columbus, but when it comes to broadband, it feels light years away.
Valerie Rowe works at the coffee shop Ragamuffins, but she works from home part time, too. She explains her family’s internet service is pretty bad.
“Less than great, yes,” she says with a nod and a grin. “Awful would be a good word.”
It’s a common complaint in the area.