Over 105,000 rural Missouri homes and businesses could get access to high-speed internet service

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Over 105,500 rural homes and businesses in Missouri that are currently unserved by high-speed Internet service could get connectivity in the near future.

These homes and businesses are in unserved areas of Missouri eligible for financial support from the next phase of FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF), which helps offset the high cost of extending broadband service into rural areas. The FCC will be distributing these funds through an innovative “reverse auction,” which is scheduled to launch on July 24.

“Connecting the unconnected in rural America is my top priority,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “I’m excited that our CAF auction will provide opportunities for innovative companies and cooperatives to bridge the digital divide for the Missouri consumers and small businesses that lack high-speed access today.”

Nationwide, providers will compete for up to $2 billion in support to expand access to broadband to nearly 1 million homes and locations in unserved rural areas over the next decade. The auction will provide opportunities for new entrants to the marketplace, regardless of technology, including phone companies, fixed wireless service providers, satellite providers, cable companies and electric utility broadband providers.

By harnessing market forces, the auction is designed to provide consumers with high-quality, broadband service in an efficient, cost-effective way. The application period for providers seeking to participate in the auction runs from March 19 – March 30.

Broadband access is essential in the 21st Century for jobs, education, information and economic development. Since 2011, the FCC has targeted more than $9 billion in support for rural broadband expansion to over 4 million homes and small businesses through its Connect America Fund.

 

Below is a chart showing Missouri counties with areas eligible for support from the auction, along with the number of homes and businesses (locations):

 

 

County Locations
Andrew 1620
Atchison 28
Audrain 937
Barry 3482
Barton 1579
Bates 1017
Benton 2303
Bollinger 1034
Boone 554
Buchanan 2527
Butler 1045
Caldwell 45
Callaway 1598
Camden 3989
Cape Girardeau 2616
Carroll 452
Carter 189
Cass 544
Cedar 304
Chariton 449
Christian 260
Clark 214
Clay 913
Clinton 371
Cole 2704
Cooper 1480
Crawford 186
Dade 604
Dallas 210
Daviess 255
DeKalb 1341
Dent 146
Douglas 744
Dunklin 33
Franklin 6725
Gasconade 52
Gentry 317
Greene 1624
Grundy 409
Harrison 17
Henry 80
Hickory 174
Holt 42
Howard 2322
Howell 144
Iron 333
Jackson 857
Jasper 754
Jefferson 5508
Johnson 676
Knox 34
Laclede 102
Lafayette 27
Lawrence 574
Lewis 15
Lincoln 915
Linn 492
Livingston 779
Macon 5
Madison 2645
Maries 1074
Marion 13
Mercer 7
Miller 2885
Mississippi 219
Moniteau 1893
Monroe 425
Montgomery 3
Morgan 3686
New Madrid 8
Newton 194
Nodaway 692
Oregon 213
Osage 3001
Ozark 437
Pemiscot 3
Perry 3594
Pettis 2678
Phelps 154
Pike 2379
Platte 661
Polk 195
Pulaski 83
Putnam 3
Ralls 99
Randolph 1509
Ray 1698
Reynolds 111
Ripley 1549
Saline 1109
Scott 275
Shannon 304
Shelby 6
St. Charles 86
St. Clair 416
St. Francois 3717
St. Louis 635
Ste. Genevieve 3840
Stoddard 350
Stone 134
Sullivan 113
Taney 141
Texas 273
Vernon 973
Warren 122
Washington 1542
Wayne 225
Webster 324
Worth 70
Wright 96