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Magazine Awarded $1.03M ARC Grant For Broadband Deployment

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The Arkansas Department of Commerce announced Wednesday that it has awarded the city of Magazine (Logan County) a $1.03 million Arkansas Rural Connect grant to deploy fiber internet there.

The city is getting the money in partnership with Magazine Telephone Co.

The department also recently announced ARC awards for Cave City and Nashville, Arkansas.

Both cities will deploy fixed wireless. Cave City recieved $803,762 and has partnered with Hillbilly Wireless. Nashville got $448,450 and has partnered with Premier Holdings LLC.

In additon, the department previously awarded the cities of Lonoke, Ozark and Fairfield Bay $2 million, $1.9 million and $1.6 million, respectively. 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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