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Three more Missouri entities receive rural Internet funds

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Three Missouri entities are receiving nearly $58 million from the federal government for rural high-speed Internet projects.

Sen. Claire McCaskill and Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday that Show-Me Technologies, of Marshfield, will receive nearly $27 million from the U.S. Commerce Department to expand broadband Internet service.

They said Cass County will get more than $26 million from the U.S. Agriculture Department to build a broadband network.

And the Missouri Department of Higher Education will receive nearly $5 million from the federal Commerce Department to expand a network of public computer centers across the state.

With the latest announcements, Missouri entities now have been allotted about $275 million of federal stimulus funds for high-speed Internet.

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I have noticed that truly modestly populated counties such as; Ozark and Douglas and those west of us, except Taney, which has Branson are not being considered for the high speed service. I can say without a doubt that we would appreciate it also. I have called the provider, but they said it could be five years or more away as they have no immediate plans in the works. It is a shame that there is not enough of us to be a squeaky wheel; or a political thorn to the powers who consider only which side their bread is buttered on.

-- Posted by shiloh2 on Wed, Sep 15, 2010, at 4:49 AM

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