The intersection of U.S. 63 and Interstate 70 has become a gridlock for morning and evening commuters. The Missouri Department of Transportation and the Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization have some possible solutions.
“Big city broadband. Rural reality.” That’s how Socket Telecom is touting the fiber-optic network it’s set to build in central Callaway County and a sliver of eastern Boone County.
This month the US Department of Agriculture awarded Socket a $16.6 million grant and a $7.1 million loan under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Within the next 90 days, Socket will use that money to start building a fiber-optic network capable of serving more than 3,000 homes and businesses.
In the process, Socket will change as a company.