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In Kansas Decent Broadband Service Still Hard To Come By

 Woman at home with hair pulled back in a messy ponytail and wearing a flannel shirt sits with her back to the camera looking at her desktop computer.
Annie Spratt
Getting online in 2020 was especially tough for many Kansans.

Using the internet was integral to getting through the pandemic, however, many in Kansas lacked a reliable connection.

For as many as 173,000 Kansans, the pandemic highlighted the trouble the lack of good broadband caused with working remotely, taking virtual classes and making telehealth appointments. Fixing a problem that some Kansans have endured for years comes down to more then just running cable to where service is needed.

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