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Craw-Kan will be offering speed packages up to ONE GIGABIT (1000 Mbps) identical to the Google Fiber project in cities such as Kansas City, Atlanta, Austin and Nashville. Craw-Kan will be offering speed packages up to ONE GIGABIT (1000 Mbps) identical to the Google Fiber project in cities such as Kansas City, Atlanta, Austin and Nashville.
CRAWFORD COUNTY, KANSAS -

People in parts of rural Kansas and Missouri will get more access to faster internet in the future. 

Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative was recently approved for a 59 million dollar loan through the Department of Rural Utilities. 

The company plans to bring fiber optic internet to seventeen of its coverage areas throughout rural Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. 

It's going in right now in Pittsburg, Frontenac, Franklin, and Arma Kansas.

Officials with Craw-Kan say having access to fiber internet can have several advantages.

Zach Adams, Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative: "It enables people even who live out in the most extreme parts of our area to be telecommuters and have jobs that they wouldn't normally get, or to bring businesses to rural areas that may not need a brick and mortar office, but can set up shop there because they have that advanced telecommunications services available to them."

Adams also says this is just the beginning of what the company has planned for the future.

Adams:"We see a need in the area for better internet connections, for faster internet connections, so we don't see ourselves slowing down. We're gonna go and keep looking where this is some need and as long as we're supported, we're gonna try to make that work."

The company hopes to have the service completely rolled out within the next five years.

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