Missouri will use $50 million in CARES funding to improve internet connectivity, the Columbia Missourian reports.
This improvement centers around providing better accessibility to telehealth and educational resources.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development shows that roughly 300,000 households do not have high-speed internet. Included in this estimate are about 195,000 K-12 students and 54,000 businesses and farms.
Along with improving telehealth and remote learning accessibility, a grant program will be made for improving internet connectivity in public libraries.
Additionally, Gov. Parson extended the Missouri Broadband Grant program until 2027. The program builds the necessary infrastructure for broadband connectivity in areas where it is lacking.