Access to high-speed in­ternet continues to be a problem plaguing many rural Iowans. The divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots” continues to grow as internet providers focus on extending or upgrading their services in densely populated areas, often leaving rural residents behind.

There are new efforts to bridge the gap by targeting billions of dollars in government cost-share funding for high speed internet projects to areas most in need.

Rural Iowans can play a key role in the process by verifying if maps reflecting the level of internet service in their area are accurate.