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News Story Source: Quartz – The Internet Refreshed
"You see that hill over there beyond the tree line? That's Canada."
Pointing northwest, Steve Mason leads me and Cory Heigl, his boss at Packerland Communications, a local internet provider in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, into a fenced-off shack. The simple wooden structure, smaller than a one-car garage, holds a few server blades connected to a 200-foot cell tower outside. It doesn't look like much, but this shack could hold the key to providing the internet to people who've never had access before, those cut off from the modern era by geography and economics.
Packerland's tower is about 10 miles south of Sault Ste. Marie, a town split by the St. Mary's River, which separates the US from Canada. In town, you'll likely get a few bars of cell connection. Most buildings have WiFi that can probably load this website. But head a few miles outside of town, and cell and internet service drops to nil. The big providers—Verizon, AT&T, Spect
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