Illinois plans on spending $400 million over the next several years to improve internet access to farms and small towns.
But first, the state needs to know who has a reliable internet connection and who doesn’t.
The federal government tracks where high-speed internet is available. But the mapping has been criticized for overstating access, particularly in rural areas. Around 30 percent of residents living in rural Illinois lack internet access at speeds of 25 mbps and above, according to a report from the Federal Communications Commission.