DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A panel of community leaders gathered at Troy Dothan campus to discuss a hot topic in rural areas in the wiregrass — expanding broadband internet.

Although the broadband bill has passed, rural areas are still waiting. At the meeting, the topic was centered around building partnerships.

Troy Dothan provided a survey to take for those experiencing problems which tested their internet speed. The survey did not turn out well. The panel says it’s in the talks, but it’s not going to come overnight.

Residents who are experiencing problems say they are just glad the conversations have finally begun.

“Its definitely, they’re making progress. It’s going to be slow, and hopefully, they’ll get those lines down to the Gordon and Ashford area,” Josh Jeffcoat said.

Jeffcoat said he’s grateful for the slow internet because its better than nothing, but it makes it hard to pay bills and for online classes.