State announces second round of emergency broadband investment

Missouri’s Emergency Broadband Investment Program will disburse nearly $850,000 to 11 broadband projects to provide high-speed internet access to 465 households across the state, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Wednesday.

The emergency broadband program was created to reimburse providers that have grown or plan on providing high-speed internet to underserved areas in relief of COVID-19.

The $5 million program was announced in July. This is the second round of funds awarded from it, following the August announcement that about $3 million would be disbursed among 16 service providers.

The money is supposed to be used for construction expenses on broadband that serves households with teleworkers, students or vulnerable populations.

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