The company says their new facilities will allow them to provided high-speed internet access to nearly 45,000 homes and more than 7,500 businesses in a seven county area. The expansion also calls for the installation of 58 new wireless towers.
Big River Telephone is a partner in the MoBroadbandNow program, a signature initiative of the Nixon administration aimed at increasing internet access throughout the state. Big River Telephone worked with MoBroadbandNow to help secure $24.4 million in grants, loans and other competitive federal funding.
"Broadband access is a game-changer for businesses, schools, health care providers, first-responders and families, and providing that access throughout Missouri is a key part of our strategy for economic growth," Nixon said.
Once the project is finished, 90 percent of the homes in the seven-county area will have high-speed access, compared to less than 30 percent when the project was launched. The project is projected to create more than 1,000 jobs during construction, and more than 70 permanent jobs when completed.