Missouri to receive USDA grant for rural broadband


Missouri to receive USDA grant for rural broadband

Missouri is getting 91-Million dollars in USDA grant money to bring high-speed broadband internet to thousands of people in rural communities. Missouri Rural Development Director Jeff Case said these new Reconnect Program funds combined with Reconnect-ONE total nearly $200-Million dollars in grants…

“Will have a direct impact on nearly 75,000 people, 1,665 farms, 637 businesses, 34 critical community facilities and 24 educational institutions,” he said.

Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce joined Case and recipients of the newest grants this morning…

“If we think about where we’ve been as a country and certainly as a state in the last six or seven months in the pandemic, it’s really extenuated, frankly, the real need for connectivity,” Fordyce said.

One of the recipients, Travis Allen of Total highspeed LLC in Ozark, said they’re excited to build fiber optic systems for 10-thousand homes which he says will be life changing for them and for farmers. Missouri’s investment is part of the $550 million dollars  Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.