Broadband effort begins in Callaway County

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, second from left, joins a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday outside the Millersburg Christian Church for the start of Socket Telecom’s construction of a fiber optic broadband network in Callaway County. With the governor, from left, are Joe Ridenhour of Ridenhour Construction Co. of Jefferson City; George Pfenenger, Socket chief executive officer; and Carson Coffman, Socket president.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, second from left, joins a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday outside the Millersburg Christian Church for the start of Socket Telecom’s construction of a fiber optic broadband network in Callaway County. With the governor, from left, are Joe Ridenhour of Ridenhour Construction Co. of Jefferson City; George Pfenenger, Socket chief executive officer; and Carson Coffman, Socket president. Photo by Don Norfleet.

MILLERSBURG, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon predicted Wednesday the launch of fiber optic high-speed Internet service will promote business and improve the quality of life of many Callaway County residents.

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Nixon participated in Wednesday’s Millersburg groundbreaking of Socket Telecom’s fiber optic broadband network in Callaway County.

Nixon said Socket participates in Missouri’s MoBroadbandNow initiative.

The $16.6 million grant for the project came from federal stimulus funds approved by Congress originally in 2009. Socket must repay the $7.1 million USDA loan.

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