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Broadband work to start this week for 3,000

Construction work is scheduled to begin this week on a $23.7 million plan to provide high-speed broadband Internet access to about 3,000 Callaway County homes and businesses.

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The area includes much of Fulton stretching along State Route F to include the Millersburg area.

Money to finance the project came from a $16.6 million Rural Utility Service grant to Socket Telecom LLC of Columbia from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and a $7.1 million loan from the USDA to make up Socket’s 30 percent share of the cost of the $23.7 million project.

A Socket spokesman said several miles of conduit piping for fiber optic cabling has been delivered.

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