Bringing internet access to Missouri’s least-connected counties

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Shannon and Carter counties in southeastern Missouri have some of the worst broadband coverage in the state. 

Local stakeholders say that means communities in the two counties are cut off from essential health, education and employment resources.

That is about to change. A $191,038 grant will help the two counties develop a comprehensive broadband adoption plan, said Alison Copeland, University of Missouri System deputy chief engagement officer.

The grant through the USDA’S Rural Utilities Service provides broadband technical assistance funds for this work. The project will be led by community stakeholders and residents and facilitated by University of Missouri Extension.

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