The State of Missouri has awarded 11 rural hospitals grants totaling $262,000 to increase broadband speed to better support telemedicine initiatives.

Most of the hospitals received around $25,000, with matching funds generally about $5,000. One hospital will match a $25,000 grant with up to $30,000 in other funds. Missouri Southern Healthcare, which includes a 50-bed hospital and six clinics, provided 5,000 in matching funds for a $25,000 grant, which will be used to increase broadband speed from 1.5 Mbps to 10 Mbps.

The grants come from a federal program to aid states in improving broadband capabilities, and are part of a $310 million broadband initiative in the state that includes a total of $192 million in federal funds.

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