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Socket Telecom, LLC

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Name of Rural Development Program:
Broadband Initiatives Program
Project Name: Rural Mid Missouri Fiber to the Premise Project
Applicant Name: Socket Telecom, LLC
Project Location: Boone and Callaway Counties, Missouri

Benefits: Last Mile Broadband Infrastructure

Number of Jobs: 525 Created or Retained

Project Tracking and Transparency

ARRA Funds

  • Total $ 23,734,482

Website: http://www.socket.net/

Background and Historical Data
This project addresses an opportunity to provide high-speed broadband access to rural mid-Missouri over a fiber-optic network. A total of 2,728 homes will be offered service with fiber-optic cable directly to their home. It will also provide access to 36 critical community institutions and 269 businesses. Customers can obtain access to true 21st-century telecommunications, with speeds up to 20Mbps.

Socket proposes to provide services and applications in the proposed funded service area via a fiber-to-the-home broadband infrastructure. Subscribers will have access to telephone, video, and broadband Internet access services. Video services will include local and national television, as well as premium content channels such as HBO and Showtime. Broadband Internet services will include 6Mbps and 20Mbps options capable of delivering telemedicine, telecommuting, distance learning, and other advanced applications. Telemedicine applications are especially critical for users in rural areas where people may be otherwise required to travel for advanced healthcare services. Providing advanced telecommuting applications allows residents of rural areas to potentially compete for jobs virtually anywhere without leaving their rural community. Distance learning will give full time students the opportunity to virtually attend classes from around the world, as well as allow non-traditional students the ability to take classes outside work hours.