Missouri’s small telephone companies are making it known they are doing a good job of delivering high-speed Internet service to the state’s rural areas, and they want to be a part of the Rural High-Speed Internet Access Task Force ordered created by Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO).
Bill Rohde, General Manager of the Mark Twain Rural Telephone in northeast Missouri, is with the Missouri Small Telephone Companies Group which is made up of 35 of the state’s rural phone companies. He takes pride in a September report from two members of the Public Service Commission – a report showing smaller companies are much better than the larger telecommunications companies in providing broadband service to Missouri’s small towns and rural communities.
The study focused only on service provided by phone companies and not at what is available through cable or wireless providers. But in many rural areas, high-speed Internet access is only available through the phone companies.