© 2021 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

In Kansas Decent Broadband Service Still Hard To Come By

Ways To Subscribe
 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
/
Unsplash
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.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.