USDA Rural Development Provides $58 Million to Bring High-Speed ​​Internet Access to Communities in Rural Missouri – News/Talk KRMS 1150 AM, 97.5 FM and 103.3 FM

Kyle Wilkens, Missouri State Director for Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), today announced that the department is allocating more than $58 million to provide high-speed Internet access to people living in rural Missouri. “Broadband internet is crucial for rural Missouri residents and businesses to be competitive and connected to the world,” Wilkens said. “With high-speed Internet, rural communities can thrive within the global community. There will be greater opportunities to attract new businesses, expand existing businesses, and attract new residents.

As part of today’s announcement:

  • Grand River Mutual Telephone Company receives over $15 million grant to deploy fiber-to-the-home network to connect 3,107 people, 521 farms, 59 businesses and nine educational institutions to high-speed internet in Daviess, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison , Livingston, Mercer, and Nodaway counties in Missouri. Grand Mutual Telephone Company will create high-speed Internet by participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity and Lifeline programs.
  • IAMO Communications Inc. receives a grant of more than $3 million to deploy a fibre-to-the-premises network to connect 291 people, 57 farms and six businesses to high-speed internet in Atchison and Nodaway counties in Missouri. IAMO Communications Inc. will make high-speed Internet affordable by participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity and Electronic Tariff programs.
  • Telephone Kingdom receives a grant of more than $23 million to deploy a fibre-to-the-premises network to connect 4,941 people, 611 farms and 84 businesses to high-speed internet in Audrain, Boone, Callaway and Montgomery counties in the Missouri. Kingdom Telephone Company will make high-speed Internet affordable by participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity and Lifeline programs.
  • Rock Port Telephone Company receives a grant of more than $15 million to deploy a fibre-to-the-home network to connect 1,121 people, 297 farms and 30 businesses to high-speed internet in Holt and Atchison counties in Missouri. Rockport Telephone Company will make high-speed Internet affordable by participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity and Lifeline programs.

Context: ReConnect program

To be eligible for ReConnect program funding, an applicant must serve an area that does not have access to service at speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) (download) and 20 Mbps (upload). The applicant must also commit to constructing facilities capable of providing high-speed Internet service with speeds of 100 Mbps (upload and upload) at each location within its proposed service area.

To learn more about rural investment resources, visit www.rd.usda.gov or contact the nearest USDA Missouri Rural Development Office.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunity, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

The USDA touches the lives of all Americans every day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris administration, the USDA is transforming the US food system with greater emphasis on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe food, healthy and nutritious in all communities, creating new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in clean energy infrastructure and capacity in the rural America, and committing to equity across the department by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce that is more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

Contact USDA Rural Development

Information about programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting www.rd.usda.gov/mo, calling (573) 876-0976, or emailing [email protected] .

USDA Rural Development has 25 offices across the state to serve the 2.2 million people living in rural Missouri. Offices include a state office in Colombia, as well as local offices in Butler, Charleston, Chillicothe, Clinton, Dexter, Eldon, Farmington, Higginsville, Houston, Kennett, Kirksville, Maryville, Mexico, Moberly, Neosho, New London, Poplar Bluff, Richmond, Rolla, Sedalia, Springfield, St. Joseph, Troy and West Plains.

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