Grant County hopes free internet will convince higher-tech workers to stick around
Rural communities in Oregon are experimenting with new approaches to keep people from leaving. One Grant County experiment: Internet cafes.
Ryne Smith sits in front of a computer at Grant County’s first so-called CyberMill, which opened this winter in Seneca. He’s working on a contract to check new Intel products for glitches — work that requires faster and more reliable internet than he has at home.
“If I didn’t have this internet, this CyberMill, I wouldn’t have been able to do this job,” said the 31-year-old “I’d have to move.”