“Arkansas Rural Connect” Grant Program

HOYERSBURG, GERMANY - AUGUST 15: In this photo illustration to the topic 'Internet access in rural areas' a laptop and a smartphone on a wooden pillar are pictured on August 15, 2017 in Hoyersburg, Germany. (Photo Illustration by Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK – Following his July 23 announcement establishing the Arkansas State Broadband Office, Governor Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced “Arkansas Rural Connect,” a new $25 million grant program within the Arkansas State Broadband Office. Governor Hutchinson made the announcement while speaking to the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association in Rogers. The goal is to provide high-speed broadband to rural communities throughout Arkansas by 2022, as outlined in the State Broadband Plan released in May.

The Arkansas Rural Connect program will provide grants to qualifying communities of at least 500 people to deploy high-speed broadband to its residents. The high-speed broadband must have a rate of at least 25 megabits per second for download and 3 megabits per second for upload (25/3).     MORE

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