Kansas connection solutions explored

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December 6, 2018 - 10:27 AM

LAHARPE — When it comes to rural broadband internet access, Kansas is the envy of the nation.

“We are light years ahead of most other states,” notes Shekinah Bailey, a field representative with the USDA’s Rural Utility Service. “North Dakota has done a massive build recently, and it’s catching up. But when we look at the number of miles of fiber per resident in rural areas, there’s nowhere that comes close.”

However, with all of its advantages in broadband infrastructure, Kansas lags behind other states when it comes to telemedicine and distance learning services, Bailey said.

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