Better access to fiber broadband internet will soon be available to thousands of people in southeast Missouri. Two electrical cooperatives are making the investment and are being complemented by $1 million in public funding from the Delta Regional Authority, according to a DRA news release.
The authority expects eight counties will benefit from the boost in broadband access through the $15.5 million investment.
Southeast Missouri Electric Cooperative will work to build the fiber network for homes, farms and businesses in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, New Madrid, Scott and Stoddard counties. That portion of the initiative is expected to reach close to 3,400 residents and multiple employers.
Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative expects to reach more than 7,500 homes, farms and businesses in Dunklin, Pemiscot and New Madrid counties. Many Bootheel communities will receive broadband service for the first time thanks to the project.
“Reliable and affordable broadband service will bolster this region by enhancing economic development and job opportunities for rural communities and Bootheel residents,” Gov. Mike Parson said in the news release.