Residents in five regional counties are expected to benefit from legislation providing funding for improved access to broadband. Missouri will receive $60 million out of $600 million being distributed nationwide. Gascosage Electric Cooperative will use a $7 million loan and a $7 million grant to develop a fiber network for its most rural areas. That will allow them to offer service to 20 pre-subscribed farms, 20 businesses, two fire protection districts, and over 1100 households in Camden, Miller, Maries, Phelps, and Pulaski counties.