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High-speed Internet for rural school districts

A bipartisan measure introduced during the week would set aside $16.3 million from the School Infrastructure Fund for the expansion of high-speed Internet to rural schools and school infrastructure costs related to the expansion. The legislation would qualify the state for funding matched three to one by the federal government. Cost estimates show that adding broadband to rural schools could cost from $75,000 to more than $400,000 per school.     

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