State’s First Broadband Manager Announced

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson and Commerce Secretary Mike Preston today announced Nathan Smith, Ph.D., as the state’s first Broadband Manager. The position, which was amended by Act 792 of 2019, will lead the Governor’s efforts to deploy high-speed broadband to all Arkansas communities with more than 500 residents by 2022, a goal announced in May of this year as part of the State’s Broadband Plan. The high-speed broadband would have a rate of 25 megabits per second for download and 3 megabits per second for upload. 

“Access to high-speed broadband in our rural communities is critical to the long-term success of our state’s economy, and it will improve the quality of life for our citizens,” said Governor Hutchinson. “Earlier this year, I asked Dr. Smith to lead the development of a broadband plan for Arkansas that would achieve that goal within the next four years. Dr. Smith’s leadership in that effort, as well his knowledge and experience, make him the perfect fit to be the state’s first Broadband Manager.”     MORE

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