Residents in 123 Massachusetts communities lack high-speed Internet service. That is 35 percent of the state’s 351 cities and towns. Most of them are in Central and Western Massachusetts, far from the high-tech Route 128 belt or the Kendall Square computer labs, where the next digital frontier is explored and residents think nothing of an instant answer to any Google search. This digital divide has been a focus of Governor Deval Patrick, lumped into the unglamorous-but-necessary infrastructure category.
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