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Green Hills Expanding Fiber Internet to Unserved Rural Areas

 

BRECKENRIDGE, MO – January 23, 2023 – Green Hills Communications (Green Hills) announced that it has been awarded over $6.2 million in a broadband expansion grant through Missouri’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program that will be used to bring fiber optic broadband service into Hamilton and Braymer, two rural Caldwell County (MO) communities currently lacking in sufficient broadband service.  The new expansion will include approximately 56 miles of buried fiber to reach more than 1300 residential homes, businesses, farms, and anchor institutions inside the city limits of Braymer and Hamilton.

“We appreciate the incredible opportunity the Missouri Office of Broadband Development has provided us to connect homes and businesses in Hamilton and Braymer”, says David Adams, Green Hills’ General Manager.  “These rural locations have been without sufficient broadband access for far too long, and we are excited to bring future-proofing fiber technology that is supported by a local company dedicated to serving these communities.” 

The Missouri ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program was launched in August 2022 to invest in broadband expansion efforts. Through this program, Governor Mike Parson announced $261 million in grants to 60 recipients to build fiber broadband networks in 50 Missouri counties with underserved and unserved communities. The Federal Communications Committee (FCC) currently defines unserved communities as locations not able to receive a minimum of 25Mb download by 3Mb upload broadband service and underserved communities as locations not able to receive a minimum of 100Mb download by 20Mb upload broadband service.     

While the final details are still being developed, Green Hills anticipates beginning construction on the fiber route in 2024. Once construction plans have been finalized, Green Hills will contact each resident and business along the route and provide a more personalized timeline for construction, installation process, and service details.

Community members can also express their interest in Green Hills fiber by completing an interest form at greenhillsfiber.net.  This website tracks consumer interest and provides fiber expansion data for Green Hills.  There is no cost or commitment for the consumer associated with providing interest in fiber broadband.

List of Missouri ARPA Grant Recipients

More information about the Broadband Infrastructure Program

 

ARPA Grant Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions in the list below.

What’s the big deal about fiber and internet service?

Nearly 40 percent of rural residents and businesses lack access to the same quality of service available in urban areas. Broadband has become vital to our economy and quality of life, and thanks to the Missouri ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program we are able to help bridge those gaps.

Residents will have greater access to health care, workforce training, global markets, faster download speeds, lower latency for better gaming, and so much more. Fiber is being used for these buildouts because it’s extremely secure and has so many possibilities for the future.

What areas are covered in the Missouri ARPA Grant?

With the ARPA Grant, the new fiber route will reach 471 locations inside city limits of Braymer and 862 locations in Hamilton, including businesses, residential, and anchor institutions.

How do I sign up for service?

Once construction has completed, we will contact all locations along the fiber route and review service options.  To keep up-to-date on the construction process and be first in line for fiber Internet service, please express your interest at www.greenhillsfiber.net.  

Why do fiber buildouts take so long?

We are working very hard to bring you Green Hills fiber as quickly as possible, but there are many steps that need to take place before service can be installed.  Learn more about the Fiber Construction Process.

When will I receive service?

While the final details are still in process, Green Hills anticipates beginning construction on the fiber route in 2024. Once construction plans have been finalized, Green Hills plans to contact each resident and business along the route and provide a more personalized timeline for construction, installation process, and service details.

 Community members can also express their interest in Green Hills fiber by completing an interest form at greenhillsfiber.net.  This website tracks consumer interest and provides fiber expansion data for Green Hills.  There is no cost or commitment for the consumer associated with providing interest in fiber broadband.

I don’t live far from my neighbor. Why can they receive your service and I can’t?

When using grant money, we must follow the mapped area that was determined by the government. Anything outside of that area is funded by Green Hills Communications. Installing fiber is a very expensive project, so if there are areas just outside of the grant area, then Green Hills will work very closely with an engineering firm to build the most cost-effective construction plan for each area. There are several things that are taken into consideration. We have to determine the lay of the land. Will we be boring through rock, under railroad tracks, creeks/rivers, etc. We also have to obtaining permits and easements for the entire area.  Learn more about the Fiber Construction Process.

How much does your service cost?

We have several services to choose from that are competitively priced to meet any customer’s needs.  Once pre-construction begins in your neighborhood, we will send more information about our services.  Make sure we have your updated contact information by completing the interest form at greenhillsfiber.net

Can I have phone without Internet?

Unlimited phone service is not available without the purchase of an Internet package.

Do you offer TV service?

No, we do not offer TV service in our new service areas. There are streaming services that can be ran across your Internet service. Visit www.suppose.tv to determine which streaming service is best for you – they even have local channels!

Is there a contract on your services?

The only residential service that has a contract is our 50Mbps internet plan.  All other residential internet plans do not have a contract.

Will they have to plow through my yard?

Yes, they will have to plow a drop to your home. But our goal is to treat your property as if it were our own. After digging the narrow trench required to install the fiber cable and construction is complete, we’ll restore your yard to a condition as close to the original as possible.  Learn more about the Fiber Construction Process

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