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A technician installs fiber optic cables. Little River County, Arkansas has received a $2 million federal grant to build fiber optic cable lines to support broadband infrastructure. 
Construction / Government & Politics

$53M in Broadband Grant Money Flowing Again

Eight projects had been on hold after the governor abolished a steering committee for the funds. read more >
Government & Politics

Broadband Story Omitted Federal Requirement (Letter to the Editor)

An Aug. 22 Arkansas Business article failed to include an important piece of information about federal broadband grants. read more >
Glen Howie has been named the state’s new director of broadband, effective Aug. 1.
 
Government & Politics

Glen Howie To Lead Arkansas Broadband Office

He comes to the state Commerce Department from "one of the most highly regarded broadband offices in the country.” read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

$30M Fiber Internet Project Planned for Pope County

It's being funded in part by federal pandemic aid dollars through the state-run Arkansas Rural Connect grant program. read more >
Steven Porch (left), executive broadband manager for the Arkansas Rural Connect program, and Steve Boyster, deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Commerce Broadband Office.
Construction / Government & Politics / Real Estate / Technology

Broadband Efforts to Get $100M Boost

The state will receive $100 million in federal funding “right off the bat” for broadband deployment through the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act that President Joe Biden signed on Nov. 15. read more >
Government & Politics

With Grant Money, Ritter Makes $2.2M Broadband Push in Brinkley

Construction is on pace to be completed and residential customers connected by the middle of next year. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Government & Politics

Hutchinson Calls For Another $250M In Federal Aid To Be Spent On Rural Internet Access

The governor says it will support new jobs and spark economic growth. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Small Business

Arkansas Races to Bridge Broadband DivideLock Icon

Money to upgrade broadband infrastructure is being spread across Arkansas at a furious pace after the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the depths of the digital divide and delivered federal dollars to address it. read more >
Government & Politics / Investments / Manufacturing / Real Estate / Transportation

Panel: Planning Key to Meeting Arkansas’ Infrastructure Needs

Many of Arkansas’ current infrastructure projects require long-term plans that can be modified as needed, four industry professionals said during the “RechARge Arkansas: Regional Infrastructure Update” webinar. read more >
Business Services / Construction / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

$124M in ARC Grants Make Rural Broadband Feasible

Contractors are in high gear because federal funds must be used by Dec. 30. read more >
Government & Politics

Lawmakers Expand Eligibility for Rural Broadband Grant Program

The Arkansas Department of Commerce says all companies, including electric cooperatives and their subsidiaries, capable of deploying broadband to rural Arkansas are now eligible to apply for an Arkansas Rural Connect (ARC) grant. read more >
Government & Politics

Three Cities Receive Millions in ARC Grants for Broadband Deployment

The cities of Hamburg (Ashley County), Hazen (Prairie County) and Earle (Crittenden County) recently received Arkansas Rural Connect grants of $2 million, $1.9 million and $1.8 million, respectively, for broadband deployment projects. read more >
Government & Politics

Cotton Plant Gets $497K ARC Grant for Broadband

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. read more >
Government & Politics

Magazine Awarded $1.03M ARC Grant For Broadband Deployment

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. read more >
Education / Government & Politics

State Gives City of Lonoke $2M for High-Speed Internet

The Arkansas Department of Commerce gives the city of Lonoke a $2 million grant to deploy fiber internet there. read more >
Government & Politics

Ozark Awarded $1.9M ARC Grant for Broadband Deployment

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. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

Fairfield Bay Earns $1.57M ARC Grant for Broadband Deployment

Fairfield Bay, in partnership with Arkansas Telephone Co., has received a $1.57 million Arkansas Rural Connect grant to deploy fiber internet to homes there. It’s the first such grant to be awarded. read more >
Nathan Smith, who  oversees the Arkansas State Broadband Office, decries the state’s ranking in broadband access.
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Digital Divide: Virus Spotlights Arkansas’ Broadband DeficitLock Icon

The coronavirus pandemic, which has pushed much of daily living online, highlights Arkansas’ status as a laggard in broadband deployment and illustrates the digital divide between broadband haves and have-nots. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Government & Politics

Connection Equals Power (Editorial)

High-speed broadband has become almost as essential to civilized living as electricity or safe drinking water, products provided for the most part by public utilities, products that, with occasional exceptions, are provided relatively cheaply and reliably. read more >
Asa Hutchinson
Government & Politics

Governor Announces $25M Rural Broadband Grant Program

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced "Arkansas Rural Connect," a new $25 million grant program within the Arkansas State Broadband Office he established last month. read more >