Windstream announced yesterday that Missouri joins their broadband stimulus construction momentum with a project in their Myrtle market now underway. Missouri is now the tenth announced state where Windstream has announced ARRA funded broadband network construction.
The Myrtle project involves upgrading about 20 miles of existing fiber to give approximately 200 potential customers access to DSL powered broadband which will be able to offer 6 Mbps. Windstream won a total of $10.3 million in grants for the state of Missouri and plans to kick in $3.4 million of its own investment.
As we’ve outlined before, Windstream only announces when broadband stimulus related construction begins within a state. Additional projects in different markets within that announced state follow these initial announcements.
Windstream was the largest single winner of broadband stimulus grants, which totaled $181.3 million. They plan to add $60 million of their own funding resulting in total broadband stimulus related funding of close to one quarter of $1 billion.