Living in the “Dead Zone”: How Thousands in Washtenaw County Go Without Broadband

Christine Deacons poses in her car outside a restaurant in Clinton, Michigan on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, proved inadequate for regular Zoom meetings and making a video call to teach her educational courses.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Christine Deacons went to McDonald’s when the world collapsed.

The COVID-19 bans have put the college professor’s courses online. But her home on a dirt road minutes outside the village of Manchester, 25 miles southeast of Ann Arbor, got stuck in a “dead zone” of the internet, Deacons said.

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