USDA invests $61-Million in Rural Missouri broadband

USDA Rural Development today announced it’s investing more than $60-Million-dollars in high speed broadband infrastructure to assist more than 11-thousand rural homes as well as more than 80 farms and 70 businesses in Missouri.

The funding, through the ReConnect Pilot Program, goes to Mid-States Services of Trenton, Green Hills Telephone in Caldwell and Livingston Counties,Total Highspeed LLC in Greene County, Gascosage Electric co-op in central Missouri, and Marshall Municipal Utilities in Saline County.

Governor Mike Parson is in Trenton with Undersecretary for Rural Development D.J. LaVoy for the announcement at North Central Missouri College.

North Missouri Congressman Sam Graves applauded the funding and said in a statement: “The lack of high speed internet in North Missouri is one of the greatest challenges we face today. Our schools, businesses and farms all depend on reliable broadband access. The ReConnect program was authorized by Congress to help address this critical need. I’m thrilled that Green Hills Telephone Corporation and Mid-States Services have received this funding and I’m glad that the USDA sees the importance of connecting rural Missouri.”

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