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Iberia Parish committee hopes to expand rural internet access

Posted at 10:44 PM, Jan 27, 2021

The Iberia Parish Council Executive Committee met Wednesday night and on the agenda was a discussion about internet services in the area.

Committee members considered a resolution to urge the state legislature to invest in and facilitate the installation of high speed internet in rural areas in Iberia Parish.

Councilman Scott Ransonet, who represents District 9, says better services will mean better businesses and online learning for students.

"People in this parish, especially my district, district 9 alone, there's quite a few residents that want to start businesses," he explained. "Also with COVID, we could really use this to help the students. The students right now in a lot of these houses can't get online and do their studies, so it would be a big help."

Ransonet said the resolution asks the legislature to put a portion of potential funding the state will receive towards the project, which would apply to mostly outlying areas of the parish, including Lydia and Delcambre.

Nearby parishes are making similar requests to the legislature. Ransonet added that the parish was taking the opportunity to join its neighbors, like St. Martin and Vermilion, in asking for expanded internet services.

The resolution will hopefully be passed at the council's next meeting in order for the parish to quickly send it to the state legislature during its current session, added Ransonet.

More information, including a website where residents can share their concerns with state lawmakers, can be found on the Iberia Parish Government Facebook page.

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