New initiative working to bring faster internet to Shawnee County

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Community leaders met Friday morning to discuss how to expand broadband internet to all areas of the country.

Heartland Visioning, JEDO, educators and members of law enforcement met to hear feedback and advice on a plan to get faster internet to everyone. Many there said broadband is becoming a necessary commodity, regardless of where they live or their economic status.

An employee at the Auburn-Washburn school district says faster internet is needed when it comes to education.

"It effects the education, both for primary and secondary students as well as continuing adult education because there's so many resources online," said Patrick Clear, the Technology Coordinator for the district. "There's job opportunities, expanding your job opportunities."

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