One-Fifth of Missourians Lack Access to High-Speed Internet

1 decade 8 months 1 day ago Thursday, September 20 2007 Sep 20, 2007 Thursday, September 20, 2007 1:36:15 PM CDT September 20, 2007 in News
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KANSAS CITY (AP) - A study has found that one in five Missouri households don't have high-speed Internet access. The Missouri Public Service Commission says it found 78 percent of Missouri households with access to either cable modems or DSL lines. But that total falls to 65 percent when not counting the metropolitan areas of Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield, where 93 percent of residents can get high-speed service at home. In communities with 25,000 or fewer residents, high-speed access falls to 62 percent. Commission member Robert Clayton says broadband is being used more and more for routine transactions once done by paper or mail. He said old-fashioned dial-up connections are far too slow to handle many advanced Web pages or some downloads.The study also concludes that big telecommunications companies such as AT&T are much slower in serving their broadband customers than were rural phone companies.

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