Missouri Rural Broadband Legislation Heading to Governor’s Desk

Network cables (RJ45 ) connected to a switch

Legislation declaring that the expansion of broadband service is in the best interest of Missourians is heading to Governor Eric Greitens’ desk. State Representative Curtis Trent’s bill encourages the development of fiber optic infrastructure by Missouri’s rural electric cooperatives.

The Springfield Republican tells House colleagues the uses of this are “immeasurable”:

 

 

Trent says that rural electric cooperatives have a lot of unused capacity. His bill would enable them to make that unused capacity available for residential and commercial purposes. Trent says rural broadband is critical for agriculture.