Talking Innovation and Broadband with Sen. Moran
There’s a major push on around the country to expand high-speed broadband in urban and rural areas alike. One project that has attracted an enormous amount of attention is Google’s effort to create an ultra-fast network in Kansas City, Mo. With that project moving forward, ITI’s Robert Hoffman sat down with U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of the Sunflower State to talk about the impact that broadband expansion is having in middle America, and how some people see it as the lynchpin in the development of a “Silicon Prairie.”
“We cannot afford, in rural America, to be left behind in the technological revolution. That then means that our connectivity with the rest of the world – broadband, and other applications – are so important,” Moran said.
He explains how the Internet has revolutionized the way people work. You can sit in your hometown, and because of broadband expansion, work remotely for a job that in the past would have pulled you into the city. The ability to boost the local economy in these smaller communities allows rural America to thrive like never before.
Moran’s focus on broadband in rural America was emphasized when Google coupled with Kansas City on an advanced broadband initiative. Kansas City beat out over 1000 other U.S. cities to be the first to receive Google Fiber, a new Internet service reported to be 100 times faster than current speeds.