The Federal Communications Commission is awarding more than 178-million dollars over ten years to expand rural broadband internet access in Missouri. The F-C-C says the investments will connect more than 68-thousand unconnected rural Missouri homes and businesses. Broadband provider Wisper I-S-P will begin receiving the funding later this month. Under the deal, the company must build out to 40 percent of assigned homes and businesses in the areas within three years. Build out must increase by 20 percent in each subsequent year, until complete build out is reached at the end of the sixth year.