Socket was awarded $23.7 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build a fiber-optic network in rural Callaway County and parts of Fulton, Mo.

  • $16.6 million grant
  • $7.1 million loan

The project will serve 3,033 premises.

  • 2,728 homes
  • 269 businesses
  • 36 critical community institutions

An estimated 525 jobs will be created as a result of the project.

  • 65 direct area jobs
    • 20 local direct Socket jobs
    • 45 local contract labor jobs
  • 460 indirect jobs, including
    • 348 construction and engineering jobs
    • 112 indirect jobs in other categories

The project will allow Socket to deliver local telephone, high-definition television and high-speed Internet up to 20 Mbps to area residents and businesses.

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ATTENTION REPORTERS:

View updates, maps and more details of this project at www.socket.net/fiber.