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Rural Broadband Gets Another Boost in Southwest Missouri

Washington, February 13, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Billy Long (MO-7) commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for awarding more than $175 million in funding to expand rural broadband in Missouri.

“For rural communities, broadband access is as scarce as hen’s teeth,” said Rep.  Billy Long (R-MO). “Today’s action expands connectivity to almost 4,000 homes and businesses in the 7th district of Missouri. There is still work to be done and I’ll keep fighting.”

The funding is part of the Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) auction, one of many efforts by the FCC to expand broadband in underserved areas. A map of winning bids in the Auction is available at www.fcc.gov/reports-research/maps/caf2-auction903-results/.

Rep. Long is very familiar with the stifling broadband gap between rural and urban areas. He continues to prioritize making rural high-speed broadband access a reality. So far this Congress, he has introduced and worked on numerous bills that would help improve this digital divide, such as H.R. 3869 – Internet Exchange Act, H.R. 4229 – Broadband DATA Act, and H.R. 4227 – MAPS Act.

Below is a complete list by county of the companies receiving support, the number of homes and businesses served (locations), the amount of support over 10 years, and the minimum download/upload speeds to be provided:

County

Company

Minimum Speed

Support/10 Years

Locations

Barry

Wisper ISP, Inc

100/20 Mbps

$2,338,653

1,146

Christian

Wisper ISP, Inc

100/20 Mbps

$367,151

131

Greene

Wisper ISP, Inc

100/20 Mbps

$2,745,902

1,338

Jasper

Wisper ISP, Inc

100/20 Mbps

$2,792,103

753

Polk

Wisper ISP, Inc

100/20 Mbps

$1,081,910

195

Stone

Wisper ISP, Inc

100/20 Mbps

$134,403

40