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Friday, May 28, 2021

From the desk of Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

I was honored to partake in two tremendous rural broadband announcements which is welcome news in Missouri.

In Butler, I spoke at an event where Osage Valley Electric Cooperative unveiled their partnership with internet service provider Conexon Connect. They will invest $75 million in a world-class fiber-to-the-home network and give access to gigabit-speed broadband internet for our rural communities. Thanks to this effort, more than 16,000 homes and businesses in Cass, Bates, Henry, Saint Clair, Johnson, Benton, and Vernon counties will have access to increased internet speeds starting at the end of 2021 with the total project taking five years to complete.

I was also in El Dorado Springs as the Sac Osage Electric Coop announced similar plans with Conexon Connect. Through their $52 million investment, 8,700 homes and businesses in Henry, Benton, Saint Clair, Hickory, Vernon, Cedar, Barton, Polk, and Dade counties will be upgraded with fiber-to-the-home network and gigabit-speed broadband internet by the beginning of 2022 with the total project taking four years to finish.

With nearly 20 percent of rural Missourians still lacking vital access to high speed internet, I am glad to see our state is receiving much-needed improvements for our families, neighbors, and rural businesses.

Courtesy of Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

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