Fiber Optic Internet Access

Audio: Area internet providers to expand broadband services to rural residents

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced on Tuesday that five Missouri projects will receive 60.9 million dollars in USDA funding for high-speed broadband infrastructure. The USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program announcement was made at the Metcalf Mechanical Resource Center at the North Central Missouri College Barton Farm […]

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. […]

Senator Roy Blunt

Senator Roy Blunt to visit five communities in northern Missouri today

Senator Roy Blunt will visit five cities in northern Missouri today (Tuesday, April 16, 2019) including St. Joseph, Cameron, Hamilton, Chillicothe, and Carrollton. At 11:30, Senator Blunt attends a literacy award luncheon at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. It’s the 29th year for the annual Roy Blunt literacy award to an individual in […]

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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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USDA invests $97 million in rural broadband infrastructure nationwide

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $97 million in 12 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 11 states, including Missouri.  “A person’s location should not determine whether he or she has access to modern communications infrastructure,” Secretary Perdue said. “That is why USDA […]

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Missouri Rural Broadband Legislation Heading to Governor’s Desk

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 […]

Jamesport Tri-County School

Jamesport Tri-County Board of Education approves bids for internet access

The Jamesport Tri-County Board of Education approved a bid for internet service as well as an educational broadband service signal lease agreement at its meeting Monday evening. The board approved GRM’s bid for internet service and the educational broadband service signal lease agreement in principle with Mid States Services LLC was approved. The board moved […]