The city of Ozark, in partnership with Pinnacle Telecom, has received a $1.9 million Arkansas Rural Connect grant to deploy fiber internet to homes there.
It’s the second such grant to be awarded.
“The ARC program is an illustration of Arkansas creating successful public-private partnerships,” said state Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston. “Arkansans continue to find creative solutions to difficult problems, and deploying broadband through the ARC program is another example of our innovative spirit.”
The Arkansas Department of Commerce received $19.3 million in CARES Act money for ARC grants; the spending was approved by the CARES Act Steering Committee and the state Legislature.
Grant recipients must spend the money by Dec. 30. In addition, $4.7 million is available in state funds for projects that would extend beyond that date.
“Providing quality broadband to rural communities such as Ozark is a top priority for my administration,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “Rural communities have been without broadband for too long, and the ARC program is designed to level the playing field for students and rural economies.”
The department is evaluating applications with a focus on projects that can deploy broadband to qualified areas before Dec. 30. For more information or to apply for an ARC grant, click here.