Broadband—serving the “dark” areas of Oklahoma


As the state moves forward on nearly a half-billion dollars in projects to expand broadband coverage to remote rural areas of Oklahoma, the man in charge says it’s something of a repeat of the rural electrification effort nearly 90 years ago.

Writing in The Oklahoman over the weekend, Mike Sanders, executive director of the Oklahoma Broadband Office suggested that just as electrical power turned on lights in darkened areas of the state in the 1930s, the same will happen when broadband service makes high-speed internet service available in areas of the state where it is not available.

Recent contract awards totaling $374 million will mean expansion of broadband service to 57 of the state’s 77 counties and the remainder could be served sometime in the coming year.

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