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Loss of rural internet program could be a problem

by Dennis Sharkey 

A decision by the Kansas Legislature to eliminate a rural high speed Internet program is problematic for Keystone Learning Services.

Director Dr. Tim Marshall told board members last month that the program will be completely eliminated by July of next year. He said Many school districts and other agencies such as public libraries have already made the switch.

“The legislature is definitely winding them down,” Marshall said.

However, finding a new provider is not the only problem Keystone may face. Marshall said current hardware may not be compatible with a new system in addition to other unforeseen problems.

“I hate to see KanEd go away,” Marshall said. “It’s going to be difficult to find a good solution.”

The program was paid for by a tax that was attached to the landline phone bills. The monthly tax was $0.25 per line.

“Hopefully we’ll find an affordable solution,” Marshall said.

Marshall said the cooperative used to be in the business of selling bandwidth to local school districts because fiber optic lines were put in place. Marshall said Keystone could look into the possibility of once again selling bandwidth.

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