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The Slowest Internet in Mississippi: Rural Schools Still Struggle to Get Connected

The 2,500 students in Calhoun County can’t do Internet research in school. Computerized state testing here last spring was a disaster. Teachers have given up on using online tools in the classroom. The district has given up on buying the new digital technologies that are transforming schools elsewhere.

 And the most outrageous part: For the privilege of being stuck with the slowest Internet service in all of Mississippi, the nine-school Calhoun County district is billed $9,275 each month.

“Frustrating is a mild word for it,” said Mike Moore, the district’s superintendent. “Smaller districts like us are at a tremendous disadvantage.”