As high quality Internet has become more essential for business and quality of life, those who realized that the existing telecom providers had no intention to invest in better connections in their rural Missouri communities began to ask their electric cooperative - Co-Mo - to step up and do it.
This week, we talk with Randy Klindt, General Manager of Co-Mo Connect, which is building a gigabit fiber network out to its members despite having not been chosen to receive any stimulus funds.
We discuss how they have structured the network, why they felt compelled to get into the business, and some of the results from their approach.
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Thanks to Persson for the music, licensed using Creative Commons. The song is "Blues walk."