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Cotton Plant Gets $497K ARC Grant for Broadband

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The Arkansas Department of Commerce announced Thursday that it has awarded the city of Cotton Plant (Woodruff County) a $497, 001 Arkansas Rural Connect grant to deploy fixed wireless internet there.

The city has partnered with Hillbilly Wireless on the project.

ARC grants have also been awarded to the following Arkansas cities: Magazine, Cave City, Nashville, Lonoke, Ozark and Fairfield Bay. The goal of the program is to provide high speed broadband to rural communities.

The Commerce Department received $19.3 million in federal CARES Act money for the grants; the spending was approved by Arkansas’ CARES Act Steering Committee and the state Legislature. Grant recipients must spend the money by Dec. 30. 

The department is continuing to evaluate applications for more grants. For more information or to apply, visit broadband.arkansas.gov.

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