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Work continues bringing more access to broadband internet in Neosho, MO

According to aPew Research Studyconducted last year, 93% of Americans use the internet, making the availability of high-speed broadband critical. Tuesday night, at a meeting of the Neosho City Council, we got an update on how that community is working to bring broadband to more of its residents.

The study by Pew goes on to say that of the 93% of internet users, 77% access the internet using broadband. Once broadband is installed, the benefits are multifaceted, including increased economic development and allowing more people to participate in telework.

Broadband internet is also a positive development for education, providing students and teachers access to various resources. Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Crowder College Chett Daniel is a Neosho Broadband Task Force member. He updated the group's progress Tuesday night.

"One of the factors with Starlink is it's really cost prohibitive for a lot of individuals, and one of the things that these grants are looking for is that you notice often is affordability because you can have (the) infrastructure, but if it's not accessible, then it isn't very useful to people who need it."

Daniel added that increased broadband would have to be constructed by different internet carriers due to the construction of the existing network and the lack of one company with the resources to cover all of Neosho and Newton county. For 89 9 KRPS, I'm Fred Fletcher-Fierro

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.
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