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Parson Announces $5 Million Broadband Grant Program

A new $5 million broadband grant program will bring high-speed internet access to eligible communities in both urban and rural areas of Missouri.

The departments of Economic Development and Agriculture define unserved areas as those that do not have access to wired or fixed wireless broadband internet service and underserved as those with speeds of 10 megabits per second for download, and 1 megabit per second for upload, according to the economic development website.

As previously reported in the Missourian, the issue of providing high-speed internet to unserved communities has been on the minds of officials for the last year. At an MU engagement week session held in October, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe told the audience that Gov. Mike Parson’s top priorities are infrastructure and workforce development, which are both connected to internet access.

To read more, visit our partners at the Columbia Missourian.