The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D. Clark Thomas announced late last week that the agency is investing $4,924,245 to deploy broadband infrastructure in rural areas of Missouri without sufficient access to high-speed internet. USDA is investing in two Missouri projects through the ReConnect Program. This program provides loans and grants to construct, improve or acquire facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. A $701,985 grant to Gascosage Electric Cooperative will be used to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network in Pulaski County. The funded service area includes 163 households, 416 people, and a farm spread over a square mile.