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Griffin Says Robocaller Ignored Telemarketing Ban, Asks Court for $122M Fine

The motion calls for Rising Eagle Capital's businesses to be dissolved and for owner John Caldwell Spiller II to be banned from all telephone-related services. read more >
Business Services / Technology

First Orion Lets Firms Reach Customers

While robocalls are annoying, they’re problematic for companies that have legitimate reasons to try to reach customers. But there’s one business that’s come up with a solution. 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 >
Legal

FCC Bans Sales, Import of Chinese Tech From Huawei, ZTE

The FCC's order applies to future authorizations of equipment, though the agency leaves open the possibility it could revoke previous authorizations. 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 / Nonprofits / Small Business

Heartland Forward Announces New Partnership to Help Latinos Access Affordable Internet

Heartland Forward has provided a $50,000 grant to LULAC as part of their partnership. read more >
Elizabeth Bowles
Government & Politics

Arkansas Firms Divide $424M to Deploy Broadband

Arkansas electric co-ops and broadband providers win $424 million to expand broadband to 200,612 homes and businesses over the next 10 years. read more >
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$124M in ARC Grants Make Rural Broadband Feasible

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

FCC Awards $940K to UAMS For COVID-19 Response

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has received $940,000 from the Federal Communications Commission for digital health technology to treat patients for COVID-19. read more >
Education / Media & Marketing / Public Companies

AT&T Effort to Bring Higher-Speed Internet to Rural Arkansas

AT&T is doing its part to answer the call for more rural internet in the COVID-19 era, combining with the Federal Communications Commission to extend high-speed service to more than 41,000 rural homes and businesses in Arkansas. read more >
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Bridging Arkansas’ Digital Divide (John Fletcher Commentary)

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund could represent the best chance over the next decade to narrow the digital divide for many rural communities. While much work remains to finalize the fund, the FCC’s proposal outlines a framework that will likely define federal broadband policy for rural America over the next decade. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

FCC Announces $7M More in Rural Internet Funding

The federal government says it will allocate an additional $7 million in funding over the next 10 years to expand internet access in rural areas of Arkansas. read more >
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Comcast: Rural Broadband Must Make Business Sense

Pat Ulrich lives in a rural Pulaski County subdivision that has been waiting more than 15 years for broadband internet, but Comcast wants nearly $50,000 to run a cable to her area. read more >
Mark Cayce is the general manager of Ouachita Electric Cooperative in Camden. OEC and South Arkansas Telephone company have teamed up to help provide high-speed internet in rural south Arkansas were in many places, dial-up is the only option.
Construction / Energy / Nonprofits / Public Companies

Six Arkansas Electric Co-Ops Stringing Broadband

Six electric cooperatives in Arkansas are bringing high-speed broadband internet access to thousands of their members and plan to offer it to all of their members within the next four to six years. read more >
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Thoughts on Sinclair, After Working for John Robert Starr

No, local news folks shouldn’t be pledging their bosses’ allegiance to Trump in the media wars. But they are at financial gunpoint. read more >
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What the FCC Rollback of ‘Net Neutrality’ Means to You

Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of "net neutrality' rules mean to you? read more >
Government & Politics

60 Percent of Arkansas Households Now Wireless OnlyLock Icon

In 2015, the government estimated that 59.8 percent of Arkansas households had no landlines and relied only on wireless phones. read more >
Elizabeth Bowles
Business Services / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Small Business

Aristotle Exec on Broadband Mission to Washington

Elizabeth Bowles will be on a mission April 21 when she flies to Washington, D.C., as a newly minted member of the federal Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. She’s demanding technological equality for rural people. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Australia Couple are 1st Foreigners to Own US Radio Stations

An Australian couple has bought more than two dozen radio stations in three states, including Arkansas, marking the first time federal regulators have allowed full foreign ownership of U.S. radio stations. read more >