Nearly $50 million in relief funds to aid
in broadband expansion and COVID-19 response

Emergency Broadband Investment

Established a reimbursement program for broadband providers. This initiative assisted providers with construction costs for new broadband expansion to households with students or vulnerable populations in unserved or underserved areas of the state.

Telehealth

Supports connectivity for telehealth services for vulnerable populations. Through this initiative, more than 10,000 hotspots were secured for use by Missouri’s Federally Qualified Health Centers and the Community Mental Health Centers.

Libraries

This initiative implemented a grant program for Missouri’s libraries to access resources for hotspots and Wi-Fi enabled devices to support telehealth and students of higher education.

K-12 Distance Learning

Funding for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to seek reimbursement for eligible costs to increase student connectivity.

Higher Education Distance Learning

Assistance for public institutions to upgrade the campus broadband networks, offer students access to Wi-Fi enabled devices or hotspots, and enhance learning management systems.

Broadband Technical Assistance Request

Grant support from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a pilot project for broadband modeling and engineering feasibility plans for up to 24 counties or 8 regional clusters.