Broadband access grows in Marion and Audrain counties

A contractor employee with Ralls County Electric Cooperative (RCEC) makes a fiber connection during a recent project. RCEC has expanded fiber connectivity throughout much of Ralls County, with Ralls Technologies internet, phone and TV service available to a growing number of residents. A recently awarded $1.3 million grant from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund will provide funding to expand the existing network with high-speed fiber connections for Missourians to the north and south of the Mark Twain Lake Area.

NEW LONDON, Mo. — Ralls County Electric Cooperative is embarking on a new project to bring high-speed broadband access to more Missourians in the region through a $1.3 million grant from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).

RCEC Manager/CEO Lynn Hodges said the grant will enable expansion of the existing high-speed fiber network to reach more residents who live north and south of the Mark Twain Lake area. The RDOF selection process is a reverse auction, with certain areas earmarked as lacking in speed and connectivity, such as falling below 25 megabits-per-second download speeds and three megabits-per-second upload speeds. Providers like Ralls Technologies, the broadband internet provider under the umbrella of RCEC, submit bids in the reverse auction for the amount they would need to provide service for each address in a given area.

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