Lawmakers create grant program to spread broadband in Missouri

A grant program to support broadband installation was approved by the House Friday afternoon in a bill sponsored by Rep. Delus Johnson, R-St. Joseph.

House Bill 1872 creates the the Missouri Rural Broadband Development Fund, but it will rely on appropriations. The grant would fund a maximum of 50 percent of a project provide a maximum $2.5 million to a given project. First priority would be given to grant applicants who seek to serve areas without any broadband. The bill requires a minimum of 25 mbps download and 3 mbps upload speeds.

The bill passed by a 129-9 vote in the House and now moves to the governor’s desk.

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