Connect The Future: Bollinger County Broadband Town Hall A Great Opportunity

March 28, 2023

ZALMA, MO – Connect The Future (CTF) Missouri today encouraged residents of Bollinger County, Missouri, to attend an upcoming town hall event in Zalma hosted by the Bollinger County Broadband Committee on March 30.

“The town hall is a great opportunity for residents to ask questions, share concerns, or just stay informed about exciting efforts to expand broadband access in Bollinger County,” said Zachary Cikanek, executive director of Connect The Future. “New investments promise to make this a very big year for broadband buildout in southeast Missouri, especially if we can overcome some of the existing barriers thrown up by certain utility pole owners.”

Three internet service providers are currently working to expand their broadband networks in Bollinger County: Charter Communications, Wisper, and Conexon.

“We want to get broadband into more homes and businesses as quickly as possible,” said Becky Wiginton, member of the Bollinger County Broadband Committee and President of the Bollinger County Chamber of Commerce, a CTF Missouri coalition supporter. “As I explained in a recent column, broadband providers are ready to deliver for thousands of Missourians, but we will face major delays if Ozark Border refuses to collaborate on utility pole attachments. We urge Bollinger residents to join us for an update on these exciting projects and learn about how we will overcome the remaining roadblocks together.”

Event Details:

WHAT: Broadband Internet Town Hall

WHEN: Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Zalma High School Gym, 1 School St, Zalma, MO 63787

WHO: Hosted by the Bollinger County Broadband Committee

Connect The Future Missouri advocates for solutions that encourage fast investment in expanding broadband deployment throughout unserved areas of Missouri to achieve 100% availability as quickly as possible. Coalition supporters include Associated Industries of Missouri, Bollinger County Chamber of Commerce, Charter Communications, Education Plus, Mediacom, Midwest Health Connection, Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association, Missouri State Teachers Association, and Missouri Behavioral Health Council.