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217 Today: Demand for broadband increased during the pandemic, but many rural areas still lack it

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Senator Dick Durbin says the United States will not put up with a Russian attempt to invade Ukraine.

  • Two Illinois companies have proposed pipelines that would store carbon deep underground in Illinois, which could help offset carbon emissions.

  • Because of the forecasted wind chills and a lack of school bus drivers, Danville District 118 says it is closed Wednesday. The district says it wants to avoid having children wait at the bus stop or walk to school this morning.

In today’s deep dive, Paul Cronin, the CEO of i3 Broadband, talks about the increased demand for broadband service during the pandemic and the challenges of bringing broadband to rural areas.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Allam, Emily Hays, Reginald Hardwick and Tim Shelley.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a Sophomore studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Aside from working as an intern with WILL, she is an investigative reporter and editor at The Daily Illini. Farrah started reporting for the Commercial-News and the News-Gazette while in high school in Danville, Illinois.

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