Rolla State Senator Justin Brown wants to make sure companies who get state money to provide broadband to rural Missouri- actually deliver high-speed internet or give the money back.
Brown says the new state grants to make it easier to deliver broadband- should have consequences if that internet is not delivered. That is internet service providers must give state money back – if the speeds are lower than promised.
The state-funded 5 million dollars to make it easier for telecom companies to expand in lesser-populated parts of the state. Brown hopes the companies will deliver as promised
Brown’s bill would make providers pay back their grants if they fail to deliver internet download speeds of at least 25Mb per second and meet a 3Mb per second upload threshold.
These speeds are necessary to run farms and other internet-dependent businesses, as well as households.