Gov. Reeves announces effort to offer broadband internet to ‘underserved areas'

Gov. Reeves announces effort to offer broadband internet to ‘underserved areas'
Students using laptops in the classroom (FILE) (Source: WVIR)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves continues to address the spike in COVID-19 cases in Mississippi.

On Tuesday, more than 1,400 cases were reported by the Mississippi Department of Health, along with 42 new deaths.

Gov. Reeves said he is confident that Mississippians are now starting to make an effort in combatting the coronavirus. He says more people are wearing mask, social distancing and taking the virus seriously.

“Thank you,” Gov. Reeves said to those who are putting in the effort. “Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your consideration of your loved ones and, yes, thank you for your consideration of your fellow Mississippians.”

Gov. Reeves also announced a new program to expand the access of broadband internet to underserved areas with a specific emphasis on distance learning and tele-medicine.

“Everyone in Mississippi doesn’t have strong, positive internet access they may need to get a good quality education while staying at home,” Gov. Reeves said.

Reeves also admitted that there are a lot of obstacles in fixing this problem, but one his administration is trying to fix “at lightening speed.”

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