Published by KBIA Radio on June 12, 2019
By Columbia Missourian & Galen Bacharier
For years, rural Missouri residents have suffered from a lack of broadband internet access. New federal funding totaling $24.1 million will expand that access for nearly 10,000 Missouri homes over the next decade, the Federal Communications Commission announced Monday.
Funding applications for two companies, Co-Mo Connect and Callabyte Technology, were approved by the FCC this month. Co-Mo Connect was awarded $21,968,964 over 10 years, servicing 8,356 homes, while Callabyte Technology, a subsidiary of Callaway Electric Cooperative, received $2,174,192 over 10 years to service 1,485 homes. Co-Mo Connect is based in Tipton, while Callabyte is housed in Fulton.
The two companies are required to provide download speeds of 1 gigabit per second and upload speeds of 500 megabits per second. For comparison, the average state-wide speed in Missouri is 40.3 megabits per second, according to BroadbandNow.com, which tracks broadband access and speeds around the country.
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