Two-thirds of rural Missourians lack broadband Internet access

More than 70 percent of rural Missourians lack access to high-speed Internet, according to a report from the Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC report also said that a total of 1.8 million of all Missourians, or about a third of the state’s residents, lack access to broadband Internet. That gives Missouri the 15th-highest percentage of residents without fiber networks in the U.S.

That lack of access is particularly pronounced in rural areas. Whereas only 12 percent of urban Missourians lack broadband Internet, the majority of rural residents don’t have access to Internet service with speeds of at least 25 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloads and three Mbps for uploads.

One of the reasons for that imbalance is that Internet service providers are reluctant to spend money to build infrastructure in areas without a high density of people who can afford broadband.

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