The latest computer and internet technology almost always comes out of Silicon Valley, or some other major metro area. But these days Cape Girardeau is the exclusive test-market for an exciting new concept in internet access -- high-speed internet connections as a service of your electric company.
Most Heartland viewers are familiar with Ameren as their power company. it serves roughly a million-and-a-half customers in Eastern Missouri and parts of Illinois, including most areas South of Carbondale. But Ameren's apparently planning to become a high-speed internet provider.
Right now, Cape Girardeau is the exclusive test market for the new broadband service. Ameren is unwilling to make a statement to the media, but they do admit they're testing the service here in about 100 homes. We know they're partnering with Big River Telephone company, and we know that people testing the service are raving about it.