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Jefferson City, MO (2009-07-20) The lack of high-speed internet access in Missouri's rural areas could soon change.
In the Show-Me-State about 3 million rural residents don't have access to broadband internet.
Missouri's Governor says that's a barrier for businesses, schools, and hospitals.
Missouri is working to get a portion of the 7-point-2 (b)billion dollars from Federal Stimulus funds that will expand broadband nationally.
The Governor's spokesman Scott Holste (hole-stee) says it's going to be competitive, so they need public and private partners to come forward and apply for the grants.
Holste says the cost to build the infrastructure is the greatest hurdle.
He says Missouri hopes to apply for the federal money later this summer.
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