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Brookfield, Keyetesville among recipients in Emergency Broadband Investment Program

Staff Writer
Linn County Leader

 Brookfield, Keyetesville and the Long Branch area in Macon County are among several communities that will be a part of the state’s Emergency Broadband Investment Program. On Aug. 11, Gov. Mike Parson announced 16 broadband projects from eight broadband providers will receive more than $3 million through the state’s Emergency Broadband Investment Program and connect almost 2,000 Missouri households.

“Expanding broadband is essential to our state’s infrastructure,” Gov. Parson said. “Connecting more Missourians with high-speed internet will allow them to utilize digital platforms for education, health, and business that are so critical during this time.”

According to a press release from the governor’s office, In July, six programs were created within the nearly $50 million Rapid Broadband Deployment Initiative which uses the state’s CARES Act funding. The Emergency Broadband Investment Program has been allocated up to $20 million; this announcement highlights the first round of recipients.

The program was designed to reimburse providers that have expanded, or plan to connect, high-speed internet to residents in unserved or underserved areas in the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers will utilize funds to assist with construction costs for new broadband expansion to households with students or vulnerable populations.

“Access to high-speed internet is absolutely necessary to families and communities during this time,” Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said. “Connecting more citizens with quality internet means the individual on telework status will keep their job, a student participating in distance learning will continue to get their education or a household in need of telehealth services will get the care they need.”

In Brookfield, there are two projects, east and west, both are projects with Chariton Valley Communications. According to the press release, the Brookfield East Project will extend fiber-to-the-home service with the assistance of $71,902 to connect up to 123 households on the east side of Brookfield and will allow users access to 1 Gbps/ 1 Gbps service. On the west end of town, Chariton Valley will extend fiber-to-the-home service with the assistance of $226,118 to connect up to 232 households and will allow users access to 1 Gbps/ 1 Gbps service.

In Keyetesville Chariton Valley will extend fiber-to-the-home service with the assistance of $219,671 to connect up to 317 households in Keyetesville and will allow users access to 1 Gbps/ 1 Gbps service.

At Long Branch Lake in Macon County, Chariton Valley will extend fiber-to-the-home service with the assistance of $82,800 to connect up to 45 households near Long Branch Lake. The project will allow users access to 1 Gbps/ 1 Gbps service.