USDA Rural Development Provides $58 Million To Bring High-Speed Internet Access To Communities Across Rural Missouri
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Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Missouri State Director Kyle Wilkens announced the Department is awarding over $58 Million to bring high-speed internet access to people living in rural Missouri.

Between three area companies about $33-million of that total will affect northwest Missouri.

Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation is receiving a grant of over $15 Million to deploy a fiber-to-the home network to connect 3,107 people, 521 farms, 59 businesses and nine educational facilities to high-speed internet in Daviess, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Livingston, Mercer, and Nodaway counties in Missouri.

Grand Mutual Telephone Company will make high-speed internet by participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity and Lifeline programs.

IAMO Communications Inc. is receiving a grant of over $3 Million to deploy a fiber-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 E-Rate programs.

Rock Port Telephone Company is receiving a grant of over $15 Million to deploy a fiber- 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.

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 building facilities capable of providing high-speed internet service with speeds of 100 Mbps (download and upload) to every location in its proposed service area.

 

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