We know that having access to reliable, high-speed internet goes beyond the ability to stream movies. High-tech digital technologies help you live your life efficiently and build connections with loved ones. In today’s world, students and teachers also rely heavily on digital educational technologies and the internet for learning and to stay competitive among peers.

The FCC’s Schools and Libraries Program, also known as the E-Rate Program, brings affordable telecommunications such as high-speed internet access to schools and libraries by providing discounts to those who qualify based on the students’ income levels and/or rural location.

We believe strongly in this program and last week, we won bids to bring internet service to Volinia Outcomes School, Lewis-Cass Intermediate School District and Howardsville Christian Schools.

“We understand the critical role the internet plays in educating our youth. Access to reliable internet should never serve as barrier to learning, and our teachers shouldn’t be deprived of today’s tools simply because they don’t live in an urban environment,” said Dave Allen vice president of regulatory and gas operations at Midwest. “We look forward to working with our local schools to ensure our children receive a quality, modern education.”

The year-long services begin in July. To learn more about this program, please visit the FCC’s website.