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In Kansas Decent Broadband Service Still Hard To Come By

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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.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.