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The State of Missouri plans to deploy more than $400 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to increase broadband internet access, adoption, and assistance statewide. The Department of Economic Development is addressing these three core areas with ARPA-funded broadband programs that will make historic investments in this critical part of our state's infrastructure.

The ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program application cycle is now closed.

The ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program accepted applications from August 15 - September 29, 2022. The Office of Broadband Development (OBD) is now in the process of reviewing applications.

For details, please watch for updates on this webpage and future email announcements.

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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:

  1. Currently provides broadband services meeting baseline speed of 100/20 Mbps; or
  2. Has begun construction to provide such services; or
  3. 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.

To view the Challenge Map, click here.

Note: OBD has updated the Challenge Map with all provided application polygons from the proposed project service areas as of October 20, 2022.

To view the list of ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program projects, click here.

To access the Challenge Application, click here.

Revised Program Guidelines

The ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program Guidelines have been revised with a few clarifications. To review the latest version of the guidelines, click here.

Updates:

  • Added $100 million dollar cap per applicant
  • Added clarity to the contiguous nature standard  
  • Added grant administrative costs as an eligible expense
  • Updated the name of the grant portal 
  • Updated application open and close dates 
  • Updated Tax Clearance Certificate requirement 
  • Added flexibility to the Letter of Credit requirement

Resources:

The Office of Broadband Development (OBD) developed a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to provide additional guidance to the common questions we have received.

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.

The Broadband Availability by census block has been updated to include RDOF and NTIA grant awards.

OBD created a budget template to assist applicants in preparing applications.

Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program Guidelines

The Department of Economic Development (DED) has posted the final guidelines for its Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program. The program is funded via the State of Missouri’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This $265 million program will help communities and providers across the state invest in broadband infrastructure to bring access to unserved and underserved areas through competitive grants.

The Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program's guidelines were posted in late May and DED accepted public comment from May 31 through June 15. The final guidelines are now available here.

ACCESS

Infrastructure Grant - $265M

Fund last and middle-mile infrastructure build out, including One Touch Make Ready and pole replacement costs, bringing minimum speeds of 100 mbps / 20 mbps to unserved and underserved areas.

Program Description

The Missouri Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program helps providers, communities, counties, and regions invest in building broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas of the state through competitive grants.

Details

Total allocation: $265,000,000

Application launch date: August 15, 2022

Application close date: September 29, 2022

Award date: 75 days after the close of the application period

Eligibility

Eligible entities:

  • Corporations
  • Or partnerships;
  • Limited liability companies;
  • Nonprofit organizations;
  • Local Governments;
  • Rural electric cooperatives organized under chapter 394 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri and their broadband affiliates;
  • Telephone cooperatives, as defined in §386.020(55); and
  • Public-private partnerships, with private or nonprofit partners that are registered in this state
Requirements

This is a competitive grant program. The maximum grant award will be $10,000,000. The minimum grant award will be $100,000. The applicant maximum for program is $100 million. Local cost match is not required; however prioritization will be given to projects for which the applicant is including a private funding match of at least 20%, and additional credit will be given to projects receiving local government funding.

Funding Structure

Multiple funding rounds will be held in Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024). Dates for future rounds will be announced at the close of each round until all funds are awarded. Updates will be announced on the Office of Broadband Development webpage.

Cell Towers Grant - $20M

Expand the capacity for all cellular carriers by funding the construction, retrofit and refurbishment of towers, especially on public lands owned by state agencies, counties and local governments.

Program Description

The Cell Towers Grant will fund the construction, retrofitting, or refurbishment of towers on public lands improving access for those who depend on cellular service for internet.

Details

Total allocation: $20,000,000

Application launch date: To be announced

Application close date: To be announced

Award date: To be announced

Eligibility

To be announced

Requirements

To be announced

Funding Structure

To be announced

NTIA Grant - $42.2M

Funded through Department of Commerce, NTIA Programs help providers, communities, counties, and regions invest in building broadband infrastructure in rural and underserved areas of the state.

ASSISTANCE

Broadband Capacity Building - $10M

Invest in the Office of Broadband Development to launch and maintain a GIS broadband coverage mapping effort. Funding will support local broadband planning efforts through broadband feasibility analysis, planning, and technical assistance. It will also add the staffing and technical expertise necessary to effectively carry out grant programs.
 

Webinars

Broadband Stakeholder Updates

Broadband Stakeholder Update - October 31, 2022

Broadband Stakeholder Update - September 30, 2022

Broadband Stakeholder Update - August 26, 2022

Broadband Stakeholder Update - July 29, 2022

Broadband Stakeholder Update - June 24, 2022

Broadband Stakeholder Update - May 27, 2022

Broadband Stakeholder Update - April 29, 2022

Broadband Stakeholder Update - March 25, 2022

Broadband Stakeholder Update - February 25, 2022

Broadband Stakeholder Update - January 28, 2022

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