Gov. Parson attends broadband development event in Sikeston

Parson stops in sikeston

SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - Governor Mike Parson made a second visit to the Heartland in less than a week.

Parson in Sikeston 8/11

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Posted by KFVS-TV on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, Gov. Parson attended a broadband development event at SEMO Electric Cooperative in Sikeston.

The governor announced 16 broadband projects from eight broadband providers will receive more than $3 million through the state’s Emergency Broadband Investment Program. It will connect nearly 2,000 Missouri households.

One of the programs, SEMO Electric Cooperative, will expand high speed internet to the Lake Road Estates Subdivision and Highway 61 in rural Scott County. The assistance of $142,200 will connect up to 60 households with 1 Gbps/1 Gbps internet.

You can click here for a full list of recipient programs in the state.

“Expanding broadband is essential to our state’s infrastructure,” Governor 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.”

Parson has stated in the past how critical broadband access is to education, healthcare, business and essential for infrastructure.

In July, six programs were created within nearly $50 million Rapid Broadband Deployment Initiative which uses the state’s CARES Act funding.

The Emergency Broadband Investment Program was allocated up to $20 million, and Tuesday’s 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.

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