Broadband Internet bill introduced in Prince George's County

At a time when instant, reliable access to the Internet is perhaps taken for granted, a Prince George's County lawmaker is standing up for an area just miles from the nation's capital that still doesn't have it.

According to the Washington Examiner, Prince George's County Councilman Mel Franklin, who represents Upper Marlboro, has introduced a bill that would require Internet Service Providers to extend broadband service to all residents.

Franklin says there are rural areas of his jurisdiction that still only have access to dial-up connections, which have been rendered nearly obsolete with the advent of high-speed, broadband hookups.

"It's a real hindrance to the daily lives of a lot of county residents," Franklin told the Examiner.

Only two companies - Verizon and Comcast - offer internet service in Prince George's County.