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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 >
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 / Media & Marketing

When Low Bids & High Scores Lose (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

The lowest scoring but most expensive company bidding to devise a statewide broadband deployment strategy was selected in a process one competitor thinks was tailor-made for the politically connected vendor. read more >
Government & Politics

Committee Recommends Approval of $150M for Broadband Grants

The governor’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Steering Committee late Wednesday voted to recommend that the governor approve $150 million in federal funding for broadband deployment grants. read more >
Nathan Smith, who  oversees the Arkansas State Broadband Office, decries the state’s ranking in broadband access.
Business Services / Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits

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 >
Fire Chief Kevin Miller of Jonesboro.
Energy / Government & Politics / Legal

Jonesboro’s Kevin Miller Recognized by State Fire Chiefs Association (Movers & Shakers)

Fire Chief Kevin Miller of Jonesboro has received the E.W. Sewell Fire Chief of the Year Award from the Arkansas Fire Chiefs Association. read more >
Betty Anderson, Steven Porch

Mike Preston Announces Appointments to New Commerce Department

Secretary Mike Preston of the Arkansas Department of Commerce, which was formed as part of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's state government reorganization, has announced six appointments. read more >
David Switzer
Government & Politics / Legal

Late Judge’s Daughter Appointed to Bench in Garland County

The judgeship left vacant after the weekend death of Garland County District Judge David Switzer will be filled by his daughter, who is an attorney. read more >