Data from the University of Missouri Extension on access to broadband Internet across the state.
There is wide inequity in access to broadband internet across the state of Missouri. Rural areas in particular lack sufficient infrastructure to supply high-speed internet to residents as well as the business community.
More than 1.26 million Missourians do not have access to high speed Internet. Simply put, that’s 20% of the state’s population. According to the Federal Communications Commission, more than 1.04 million of those citizens reside in the rural parts of the state.
People lacking broadband at home are at a major disadvantage in at least one of these five areas: