Effort Continues to Bring Fiber Optic Internet to Southeast Missouri

The effort continues to bring broadband internet service to rural communities in Southeast Missouri, and leaders with Go SEMO hope the state’s huge financial commitment to broadband means more resources to make it happen. Last week Governor Mike Parson announced a $400-million broadband investment to bring connectivity to every corner of the state. This is welcome news to Go SEMO Fiber, now in its fourth year of a major project to bring hope of high-speed internet to its customers in six counties in the region. Officials say they will effectively wrap up their fiber buildout of 2,000 miles in the six county territories this September. Officials say they’ve effectively built past at least half of Stoddard County, all of Scott County, because its right here in the middle of the territory, all of Mississippi County, some of New Madrid, Cape and Bollinger Counties, that’s the six county territory and it costs roughly $30,000 per mile to build out that fiber, so the governor’s multimillion-dollar-commitment to broadband is welcome news. People can see where they are in the project on GoSEMO.com.



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