Everyone benefits from investments in rural America

Access to the internet and its affordability undermine the potential and ambitions of Kansans every day. A health crisis just made them obvious.

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Opinion

April 6, 2020 - 9:44 AM

Julie Doll

To help rural communities, Kansans and their lawmakers will need to do more than the inadequate broadband funds approved by the Legislature recently.

In Topeka and nationwide, voters and their elected officials need to understand that everyone benefits from collective investments in decent roads, internet service, educational opportunities and access to health care.

That’s part of the American experience dating back to the 1700s, when governments helped build roads to help farmers get produce to town. That didn’t just help farmers, it also helped city residents who wanted to eat.

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