U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded 17 Missouri broadband providers a total of more than $346 million to expand high speed internet in rural areas. The resources were awarded through the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction. Blunt has led efforts in Congress to expand high speed internet in Missouri. In October, Blunt commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture for investing an additional $91.5 million in broadband grant funding through the ReConnect Pilot Program. Over the past two years, Missouri has received nearly $200 million in funding through the Blunt-backed program, amounting to about 20% of all the support provided nationwide. In addition, in 2018, the FCC Connect America Fund Phase-II auction awarded $255 million in broadband funding to communities across the state. Missouri received about 17% of the total amount allocated nationwide.