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WGEM Interview: Hancock County begins push for rural broadband to aid ag-industry

Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 10:51 PM CST

CARTHAGE, Ill. (WGEM) - A new effort is underway to expand broadband internet access to rural parts of Hancock County.

“We’ve got several different places that are offering very solid internet service, it just doesn’t extend to the rural community,” Hancock County Economic Development Executive Director Samantha Harnack said.

Starting Thursday, Jan. 26, several community stakeholders will meet over the next few months as part of a Broadband Infrastructure Planning Program.

Through the United Soybean Board, Benton Institute for Broadband Society, the University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Soybean Association, Harnack said the 16 scheduled meetings will help the county secure future funding to make rural broadband access a reality.

Click on the link below to see the interview:

Hancock County, IL
Dylan Smith speaks to Hancock County Board member Ryan Weeks

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