Many of the activities that once kept people busy in rural areas just require fewer people now. So it's hard to keep people down on the farm (or forest).
One solution for improving rural productivity is to make sure that broadband Internet service is available.
This is a pet cause of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, who is pushing for Congress to fund broadband expansion in rural areas.
We hear about the needs and the uses of additional money from Zachary Cikanek at Connect Americans Now, and Christopher Tamarin, a broadband specialist in the Oregon Business Development Department.
Listen on the radio... or through a broadband connection.