Big River Broadband held community forums on April 9 and 10 in Farmington (St. Francois County) to highlight broadband technology applications. Governor Nixon was on hand, attending a discussion on how high-speed Internet can assist in natural disaster preparedness and recovery. Other demonstration topics included health care, economic development, education and public safety. Alcatel Lucent, a partner with Big River in the southeast Missouri wireless project, brought its interactive mobile unit for the public forums. Big River expects to begin providing service in June. Read Southeast Missourian and Missouri News Horizon for more information.