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USDA Awards $16.9M for Broadband Project in Phillips County

The money is a portion of $700 million in grants and loans announced Monday for high-speed internet projects in rural areas of 22 states. read more >

State Launches Campaign to Expand Internet Access For All Using $1B GrantLock Icon

With over $1B from the BEAD program, Arkansas stands to build out internet infrastructure in rural areas and finally close the state’s digital divide. read more >
Construction

Of Internet … and Water (Editorial)

Faster internet is great, but safe drinking water is more important. Arkansas can do both. read more >
The Philander Smith College campus in Little Rock
Education

Philander Smith College Awarded $3M Grant to Upgrade Tech, Internet Access

The funds will provide computers to students in need, create a Wi-Fi hotspot program and improve wireless connectivity. read more >
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 >
The water tower in Union City, Tennessee. Ritter Communications announced in December that it had expanded fiber services to the area.
Business Services

Ritter Communications Expands Service Area in West Tennessee

The $1.5 million project brought fiber internet to Union City. read more >
Government & Politics / Nonprofits

State Partners With Nonprofit to Continue Broadband Push

A key component of the agreement will be developing statewide programs to overcome barriers to enrollment in a federal broadband benefit program. read more >
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

USDA Awards $18M for Rural Arkansas Broadband Projects

The funds are a portion of $759 million in grants and loans the USDA is providing to enable rural communities to access high-speed internet. read more >
Elizabeth Bowles, CEO of Aristotle Unified Communications, is one small-business leader who has expressed concern about new grant funding requirements that could hamper broadband internet expansion across the state
Government & Politics

Letter-of-Credit Rule Draws Criticism in Broadband Effort

Aristotle chief says hurdle is costly and likely to keep small firms out of program. read more >
A crew strings high-speed cable.
Government & Politics

Broadband Grant Formula Raises ConcernsLock Icon

A new proposed new state funding formula would route broadband grants only to internet service providers that can cover 25% of the upfront costs, possibly leaving out smaller providers. read more >
Government & Politics

Don’t Hobble the Little Guys (Editorial)

While the state is committed to expanding broadband access, its new proposal could hurt smaller providers. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

State’s Broadband Focus Should Be 110,000 Homes in Grant Gap, Study Says

The households lack access to broadband with speeds adequate for learning and working. 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 >
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

Little River County Gets $2M Federal Grant to Expand High-Speed Internet Access

The grant will be matched with $500,000 in local funds. read more >