- State awards $261 million through the ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program to fund 60 broadband expansion projects
The Department of Economic Development (DED) announced that it has awarded a total of $261 million through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program to 60 recipients for projects that will expand and improve internet access statewide. Projects receiving funds are expected to create more than 55,000 connections in locations that previously lacked adequate internet access.
- ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program Challenge Process
The ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program Challenge Process will close on November 13, 2022 11:59 pm Central Time.
To ensure transparency and best use of taxpayer funds, the application process includes a proposed service area challenge process. OBD has published below: the applicant entity name, project name, proposed project location (by county), technology type, proposed connection speed (highest offered speed is listed), and executive summary for the proposed project. There is also an interactive map below showing the proposed service area polygons.
A broadband internet service provider that provides existing service in or adjacent to a proposed service area may submit to OBD a written challenge to an application based on its proposed service area. Within three business days of receiving a challenge, OBD will notify the applicant of such challenge.
A challenge will succeed when OBD determines that, for the proposed project service area, the challenger:
- Currently provides broadband services meeting baseline speed of 100/20 Mbps; or
- Has begun construction to provide such services; or
- Has an enforceable commitment to provide broadband internet service at speeds of at least 100/20 Mbps and scalable to higher speeds to the proposed service area in a timeframe similar to that proposed for the applicant’s project.
View the Challenge Map.
Note: OBD has updated the Challenge Map with all provided application polygons from the proposed project service areas as of October 20, 2022.
Access the Challenge Application.
- Additional Resources
- ARPA Community Identifier Map
This newly created ARPA Community Identifier Map identifies areas of the state with higher than moderate, moderate, and low income areas as well as qualified census tracts.
- Broadband Availability Map
The Broadband Availability by census block has been updated to include RDOF and NTIA grant awards.
- ARPA Community Identifier Map
- MoDOT Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP)
To support federal and state investments in extending broadband infrastructure, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) would like to share its Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). The STIP, prepared annually, sets forth the specific construction projects MoDOT will undertake in the next five years. It covers highways and bridges, transit, aviation, rail, waterways, bicycle, pedestrian, and operations and maintenance projects.
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ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program (BIP)