Rural broadband internet expanding faster than scheduled

Broadband Expansion ahead of schedule

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - If you live in rural southeast Missouri, you might get high-speed internet faster than expected.

Loyd Rice, SEMO Electric Cooperative Fiber Services Manager, said the company’s two years ahead of schedule because of the high demand for their fiber optic network.

“It’s a life changer. I mean its been great for this community," said Rob Bryant, a rural Jackson, Mo. resident.

Bryant works from home and recently got access to SEMO Electric’s high-speed internet.

“I don’t have to worry about trying to keep from son from playing video games so I can do my job," he said.

But it wasn’t always that way.

“We’ve grown patient for pages to load out here," said Bryant. “Now I can just use whatever I want. And it works."

“It can’t get any faster," said Rice.

According to Rice, SEMO Electric, plans to expand their internet everywhere they serve electrically by 2020.

“It’s bridging the digital divide. It’s the part of rural America. It’s the things they haven’t been able to get," said Rice. “Now the Jackson rural students in this area can bring their Chromebooks home and have good Wifi service in their house.”

“It is a game changer out here. I mean we’ve had internet, but it’s a lot different now," said Bryant.

According to the FCC, rural broadband internet will expand to 43 states including Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri over the next decade.

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