Planning

Rural Access to Industry: Barriers from the Infrastructure Planning Front Lines

As part of this research initiative, we conducted a qualitative analysis of 11 semi-structured interviews with the planning community in Missouri to identify what barriers they recognize for the deployment of rural broadband in Missouri. Participants reported that the return on investment and the financing of rural broadband projects constitute the main barriers. Technology was…

Legal and Regulatory

New Missouri Statute Encourages Public-Private Partnerships for Broadband Infrastructure

9-3-2020 New Missouri Statute Encourages Public-Private Partnerships for Broadband Infrastructure For many years Missouri cities and counties have used Community Improvement Districts (CID) and Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NID) to finance public infrastructure and to encourage economic development in designated geographic areas (“districts”) located within their borders.  CIDs and NIDs are well-suited for this purpose, because…