November 17, 2021

In Appalachia and rural Wisconsin, high-speed internet changed lives

McKee, Ky. – Matt and Jennifer Muncy were dangerously close to becoming homeless. 

They had lost their livelihood when a local factory sent work to Mexico. They barely subsisted on a string of low-paying jobs that followed.

Raising their four children in a part of Appalachia with a median annual household income barely above $32,000 — about half the national average — had become as lonely as McKee’s single traffic light. 

“We were literally at a point where we were done,” Matt said, tears welling up in his eyes. “We had each other, and as God is my witness, that’s the one thing which kept me going.” 

Then the couple heard…

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