December 20, 2018
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) applauded the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) announcement that it will invest $1 million to help build a fiber network in eight counties in Southeast Missouri. The broadband network will reach more than 11,000 residents and multiple businesses and farms in the region.
“Having access to broadband is as important as the telephone was to jobs and education 70 years ago,” said Blunt. “These DRA investments recognize that the definition of community infrastructure has to include broadband access for everything from homes and businesses to hospitals, schools, and libraries. I’m committed to finding new avenues, like this one, to end the digital divide that has left nearly half of Missourians in rural areas without access to broadband. And, I will continue supporting DRA’s mission to strengthen local economies and improve the quality of life for Southeast Missouri families.”
As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Blunt has pressed the need to expand rural broadband, noting that an increasing number of farmers are utilizing wireless infrastructure, GPS, data centers, autonomous systems, and fiber optics for precision agriculture and high-speed commodity trading.
According to the DRA, these investments will expand broadband access in the following counties: Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, Scott, Stoddard, Dunklin, Pemiscot and parts of New Madrid. Additional information here.