Fiber Optic Internet Access

Clinton County selected to test new broadband internet technology

A small town in northwestern Missouri is one of seven communities in the nation testing experimental technology that could expand rural access to high-speed internet and the opportunities that can bring. Missouri University of Science and Technology is leading a team that has been awarded a one-year, $300,000 grant through the technology nonprofit US Ignite’s […]

Fiber Optic Internet Access

Audio: Missouri Representatives want reporting requirement about student access to broadband

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) could be required to report annually about the number of K-12 students with limited or no access to high-speed internet at home. During a House committee hearing, Representative Louis Riggs, R-Hannibal, said he is proposing to require the department to include the total number of students […]

Ten (10) Gigabit Broadband Internet

Audio: Chillicothe is one of the only Missouri cities to offer 10 gigabit broadband internet

Chillicothe in northwest Missouri is one of the only communities in the state now offering 10 gig broadband internet to its residents. Green Hills Communications has announced the upgrades. City Administrator Darin Chappell says a reliable connection to the world makes Chillicothe attractive to businesses wanting to relocate.     City Administrator Darin Chappell says […]

Farm Scene

Land values in Missouri continue to grow, according to annual survey of farmers, appraisers and ag lenders

All classes of Missouri land values grew steadily in the past year, according to the University of Missouri Extension’s annual survey of farmers, rural appraisers, and agricultural lenders. Ray Massey, MU Extension agricultural economics professor, heads the survey efforts. No governmental or public agencies in Missouri require the reporting of land values, said Massey. Despite […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Parson proposes $34.1 billion state operating budget for FY2022

Governor Parson has released today a proposed 34.1 billion dollar state operating budget. The governor announced his fiscal outline today in his annual state of the state address. The plan includes a two-percent pay raise on January 1 for Missouri’s roughly 53,000 state workers. Another 2.9 million dollars would boost pay in the Missouri Department […]

Fiber Optic Internet Access

Audio: Survey says 200,000 Missouri students lack broadband internet access

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says about 200,000 Missouri students do not have broadband internet access. Many Missouri students are learning remotely during the ongoing pandemic. During a ceremony Thursday evening, Misty Grandel, a high school English teacher in southwest Missouri’s Fordland, says only 35 percent of students in her school have […]

Sam Graves

Audio: Congressman Sam Graves visits Trenton, discusses deficit and stimulus legislation

Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves came to Trenton on Monday afternoon to visit with representatives of the regional planning commissions and councils of government. Five areas of northern Missouri were represented at the meeting held at 1104 Main. Graves, a Republican, discussed various issues of a national and regional level including the federal CARES Act […]

MIssouri State Board of Education

Missouri Board of Education discusses classes next fall, students dodging school work

A new state statute requires Missouri’s K-12 districts to start the school year no earlier than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September unless the State Board of Education waives the requirement. Board members are discussing whether to waive the requirement and give districts the option of starting the school earlier this […]

Schools Closed COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Audio: Governor Mike Parson orders Missouri schools to remain closed for the rest of the school year

Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced on Thursday, April 9, 2020, that Missouri schools shall remain closed through this school year.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, along with several school superintendents from across the state made the recommendation to Governor Parson. During the briefing, Missouri K through 12 Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven encouraged school […]

USDA Reconnect Program

USDA announces $61 million investment to bring broadband to rural Missourians

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested $60.9 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 11,000 rural households, 81 farms, 73 businesses, 16 educational facilities, 12 critical community facilities, and two health care facilities in rural Missouri. […]

USDA Reconnect Program

United States Department of Agriculture Accepting Applications for Rural Broadband Program

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that the United States Department of Agriculture is accepting online applications for funding through the new ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program. The funds will enable the federal government to partner with the private sector and rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas with insufficient internet service. Insufficient […]

Fiber Optic Internet Access

North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission introduces “AquaSmart” broadband internet

The North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission is introducing a broadband delivery concept, called AquaSmart, to deliver fiber to 10 counties in North Central Missouri. The Water Commission is responsible for building the East Locust Creek Reservoir, which will provide a water supply to Sullivan, Grundy, Mercer, Putnam, Schuyler, Adair, Macon, Chariton, Linn, and Livingston […]

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Trenton business among recipients of federal funds to enhance rural broadband access

A Trenton based business is among recipients of federal funding to enhance high-speed broadband service. According to the Connect America Fund, phase two, auction recipient bidder summary, Mid States Services will be awarded $1,868,059 in federal funding. The information shows 358 assigned locations. There are 11 recipients in Missouri for the rural broadband auction awards. The […]

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Audio: Mid-States Services on broadband internet and a survey for Trenton residents

An online survey is being taken to determine the interest by Trenton residential and business locations in having fiber optics broadband internet available to them. Mid-States Services, a Trenton internet provider since 1999, has requested the public’s input on potentially having a service that would offer much higher speeds than Mid-States currently does via wireless […]