The Missouri Department of Economic Development is awarding a total of $261 million through the ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program to fund projects across Missouri.
Ten projects from Chariton Valley Communications Corporation in Marion, Macon, Monroe, Ralls & Shelby counties is awarded nearly 43-and-a-half million dollars.
Gateway Infrastructure is getting roughly 25-and-a-half million for projects in Lincoln & Warren counties while Mark Twain Lake Communications Company will get just over $5 million for projects in Shelby County.
Montgomery County has a project from New Florence Telephone Company getting funded for just over a million dollars and Socket Telecom is getting just over $2.5 million for a Boone County project.
Statewide, the funding is expected to create more than 55,000 connections in locations that previously lacked adequate internet access.