In many areas of Red River Parish internet service is either weak and slow or nonexistent. The School Board has been dealing with the situation since the COVID-19 outbreak made virtual learning a necessity. Students are back in classrooms this fall except for Fridays when learning is virtual.
District 22 Representative Gabe Firment addressed the situation when he appeared before the School Board on Monday evening. Firment said, “The Rural Opportunity Fund has $7.2 million allocated to provide internet to 2200 homes in Red River Parish. But implementing service could be a number of years away. We are looking at ways to incentivize companies to build it quicker.”
Firment said other parishes in his district are moving ahead with getting service. “Service providers apply on behalf of the police jury or other entity in the parish,” said Firment. He added, “Natchitoches parish spent some of their COVID money on high speed internet. We need everyone working together to make it a reality.”
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