Electric cooperatives in Missouri are urging U.S. senators to guide more federal dollars toward their efforts to build broadband for their members and improve the quality of life in rural America.
“Two-thirds of the rural areas of the state don’t have adequate broadband. It is a serious situation in Missouri,” said Barry Hart, CEO of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives.
“Some people think rural areas do not need the same speed cities need. That is false. We have courthouses, healthcare clinics, farms, businesses, schools that need high-speed internet,” said Hart.
Hart and other electric co-op leaders in Missouri emphasized that need Aug. 17 at public events with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Gov. Eric Greitens, and other federal and state leaders.