UScellular Awarded $5.8 Million from the Missouri Cell Towers Grant Program
Jefferson City, Mo. (Oct. 25, 2023) – UScellular has been awarded more than $5.8 million from the Missouri Cell Towers Grant Program to enhance mobile and in-home connectivity in several counties across the state.
The Missouri Cell Towers Grant Program is managed by the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) and funded through the American Rescue Plan Act. It is focused on investing in the expansion of cellular service statewide.
With this funding, UScellular will build 11 new cell sites to provide additional wireless coverage in the following 19 counties: Adair, Audrain, Clark, Howell, Knox, Laclede, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Oregon, Ozark, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Texas and Wright.
“We commend the DED for their commitment to providing reliable wireless connectivity to the hardest-to-reach areas of our state,” said Mike Burwell, director of sales and operations for UScellular in Missouri. “Investing in wireless technology enhances public safety and helps ensure people have essential connectivity whenever and wherever needed. We look forward to putting this grant to work.”
Building and maintaining a new cell tower in rural areas can cost twice as much as building one in an urban center, so programs like this are important to help wireless carriers connect residents quickly and efficiently. UScellular expects the new towers to be built and in service by late 2025.
More information on UScellular’s approach to bridging the digital divide is available at www.newsroom.uscellular/connecting-us.
UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to help customers stay connected to the things that matter most. The Chicago-based carrier provides a strong, reliable network supported by the latest technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. Through its After School Access Project, the company has pledged to provide hotspots and service to help up to 50,000 youth connect to reliable internet. Additionally, UScellular has price protected all of its plans, promising not to increase prices through at least the end of 2024. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, visit newsroom.uscellular.com.