In first year, plan for rural school broadband draws tepid response

One year after Gov. Eric Greitens introduced plans to deliver broadband internet service to schools in rural parts of the state, only 12 districts have taken the governor up on his offer.

In April 2017, the Republican governor introduced a plan to devote attention and funds to helping get rural students online. Missouri would partner with the federal E-Rate program, contributing $6 million in state money to get $39 million in federal matching funds.

The governor’s office estimated at the time that more than 100 districts in Missouri lacked high-speed internet service.

However, to date only 12 districts have applied for funds through the Federal Communications Commission, and less than 5 percent of the money earmarked for the project has been designated for spending.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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