(Marble Hill) The Federal Communications Commission authorized more than 175-million dollars in funding over ten years for the expansion of rural broadband in Missouri.

Locally, almost 4.3 million will be going to Bollinger County, helping connect to 1,034 unserved rural homes and businesses.

Nationwide, the FCC announced more than 240-million dollars in funding for rural broadband across nine states.

This represents the ninth wave of support from the 2018 Connect America Fund Phase II auction.

Providers must build out to 40-percent of the assigned homes and businesses in Bollinger County within three years.

Buildout must increase by 20-percent in each subsequent year, until complete buildout is reached at the end of the sixth year.