Plan For More Web Access
Governor Matt Blunt has a new plan that he hopes will bring rural Missouri up to speed.
As technology gets more advanced, we use the Internet for everything from entertainment to running a business. But it's next to impossible to take full advantage of the Internet without high speed access, such as watching a video.
That's why Governor Blunt announced the formation of a new task force to expand high-speed Internet access to rural areas in Missouri.
The Rural High-Speed Internet Access Task Force will evaluate the level of access in Missouri, identify barriers to access, these could be economic or geographic. It will explore options to bring high speed access to rural areas, look at how other states are expanding high-speed access, and recommend changes to increase access across the state.
Blunt says expanding high speed access is crucial for creating jobs.
"You know high-speed Internet access is very important," Governor Blunt said. "When it comes to job growth, and economic development, people that are looking for places to locate businesses often ask that question: is high speed internet access available? So expanding it across Missouri is extremely important and something I think we can do if we all work together, and that's why I've created the task force."
The task force will report back to the Governor by Feb. 1 about the areas most in need, and how to bring high-speed access to these areas.