The head of the fiber company hopes to bring more fiber-optic internet to rural Southeastern Mo.
SIKESTON, Missouri (KFVS) – The effort continues to bring broadband Internet service to rural communities in Southeast Missouri, and Go SEMO executives hope the state’s huge financial commitment to the top throughput means more resources to get there.
Last week, Governor Mike Parson announced a $ 400 million investment in broadband to bring connectivity to all corners of the state.
This is great news for Go SEMO Fiber, which is now in its fourth year of a major project to bring hope of high-speed internet to customers in six counties in Southeast Missouri.
“We will effectively complete our 2,000-mile fiber construction in our six-county territory in September,” said Loyd Rice.
Loyd Rice is the Fiber Services Manager for GoSEMO Fiber. His teams have spent the past four years providing high-speed Internet to thousands of people in Southeast Missouri.
“We actually built beyond at least half of Stoddard County, all of Scott County, because it’s right here in the middle of the territory, all of Mississippi County, some of the counties of New Madrid, Cape and Bollinger is the territory of the six counties. “Rice said.
Rice said it costs around $ 30,000 per mile to build this fiber, so the governor’s multi-million dollar broadband commitment is good news.
“Our hope is that some of this money will be filtered down to broadband level,” Rice said.
“It’s very difficult to do your best in school when you focus on your internet skills,” said Suzanne Mosier.
Suzanne Mosier, a student at Three Rivers, lives between Kelso and Benton.
“I struggled to gather enough internet on my computer and run out of internet during the month to do all of my homework,” Mosier said.
“There was a COVID grant through Go SEMO where they recently ran lines to my house over the past few weeks which has proven to be helpful,” she said.
“We really hope because what we see happening in our service territory, where we have already deployed everyday, lives change, small businesses, working from home and, more importantly, as we return to school, home school, ”Rice said. .
You can see where they are in the project on GoSEMO.com
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