Date: January 24, 2023, 1:30 pm

Some area Missouri counties are being included in grant-funded projects to expand broadband services.

The Department of Economic Development (DED) announced Monday they have awarded a total of $261 million through the ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program for projects that will expand and improve internet access statewide. Projects receiving funds are expected to create more than 55,000 connections in locations that previously lacked adequate internet access.

Over $9.5 million was awarded to Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Association for projects in five counties, including Vernon and Bates.

The ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program, administered by DED’s Office of Broadband Development, was launched in August 2022 to invest in broadband expansion. The program awarded competitive grants to a wide range of applicants, including traditional internet providers as well as electric and telephone cooperatives. The program prioritized unserved and underserved areas. Funds will be used to build new connections that will deliver symmetrical speeds of 100 Mbps upload / 100 Mbps download or greater.

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