A new study has revealed that the banjo picking hillbillies of the Appalachian mountains have been left out of the telecoms revolution because of a shortfall of computers and lack of internet access.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) commissioned the study, which has highlighted the dangers of shutting out technology from rural areas.
Jesse L White, co-chairman of the ARC, said that technology is crucial to the development of rural areas.
"We need to pay attention to the lessons it draws for us so that Appalachia will not be left behind as it was when the interstate system bypassed the mountains. We still have time to ensure that this does not happen again with the telecoms infrastructure," he said.
The report indicated that a black spot in technology development results in a weakness in economic growth.
"Local manufacturing, service and trade sectors have been stifled by technology barriers," said the report.
"In manufacturing, branch plants have largely relied on parent companies to provide access in training, leaving small and medium sized businesses at a disadvantage."
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