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Talks to expand broadband access continue in meeting with legislators, industry partners

A meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday for legislators and industry leaders to discuss expanding broadband internet access across the state.

University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s director and two Columbia commissioners are among those expected to attend the meeting.

In April 2019, the City of Columbia passed legislation that created a task force for Broadband Business Planning. The group is tasked with researching current regulations and fiber optic systems, along with creating a plan for improving broadband for residents, businesses and community anchor institutions.

Cartwright is also expected to announce a “chancellor’s challenge” when closing out the session. ABC 17 News Crews will bring you updates online and in our newscasts about what that challenge entails.

Today’s meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn Expo Center.

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