|Jul 15, 2010 --
Outline Of Need: Small rural communities in northern Missouri and southern Iowa were burdened with limited access to up to date internet services, limiting their appeal to industrial entities wishing to relocate. Local businesses lacked the availability and means to gain a national customer base. Their residents needed state of the art service for communications inside the realm of the internet.
How Rural Development Helped: American Recovery and Reinvestment funding will satisfy the needs of those businesses and households. Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation (GRM). GRM was awarded a total of $40.9 million in ARRA loans and grants. This will help to fund three separate projects in rural Iowa and Missouri to bring broadband services to 4,292 homes and 884 businesses.
The Results: Farmers will now have up-to-the minute commodity and weather information to make the best decisions for their operations. Schools can expand limited course offerings through distance learning which can advance and better prepare students to compete in the 21st century. First responders will have information they need to keep their communities safer. Rural health care will improve as medical specialists will be able to use telemedicine to provide advanced diagnosis for patients or to consult with colleagues at other clinics or hospitals.