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Broadband Research in Rural Oklahoma

Many Oklahoma households with incomes less than $25,000 cannot afford internet access, and in rural communities, high-speed internet is often not available. Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cooperative Extension is partnering with libraries in eight rural locations to make hotspots with unlimited data available for checkout for up to two weeks per patron. After more than 300 checkouts and with a waitlist in every community, 90 percent of users ranked the program as a nine or ten out of ten and 27 percent of respondents said their internet skills increased after using the device. The program is planning to expand this year.

NIFA supports the Cooperative Extension Service.

Watch the Broadband Rural video by OSU. Photo by Todd Johnson.

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