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Missouri farmers discuss rural Internet problems

Internet service was a topic of discussion at Wednesday’s “Rural Communities Matter” conference in Jefferson City.

The meeting was to address claims that reliable connections were slow, inconsistent and expensive in less-populated areas of the state.

Members of the Missouri Farm Bureau and the U.S. Department of Agriculture discussed possible solutions to the problems.

“The challenge is, ‘how do we bring all of the partners and people together — the federal, the state, the community, the providers?’ How do we take the successes that we’ve seen and implement them everywhere?” said Janie Dunning, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Farm Bureau says it hopes to see more cooperatives service rural areas with broadband technology where it’s needed.

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