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    Dustin Colbry and his wife, Natasha, remove eggs from their chicken coop at Spruce Mill Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. The couple run the farm in rural Piscatiquis County and are experiencing problems with Internet connectivity while trying to run their business.

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    A Black Star hen keeps watch over eggs that will soon become part of baked goods at Spruce Mill Farm.

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    Natasha Colbry pulls up a podcast about farming that she prefers to listen to while baking in the commercial kitchen the couple have made in the garage of their home.

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    Dustin Colbry searches for eggs in a hen house at Spruce Mill Farm. He uses the Internet to order laying hens.

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    Natasha Colbry removes croissants from an oven at Spruce Mill Farm in Dover-Foxcroft.

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    "I could not operate without the Internet," says Dustin Colbry as he sits in front of a computer screen in his office at Spruce Mill Farm. Colbry uses online tools for everything from ordering laying hens to selling his bakery and farm goods at a farmers market.

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