Bridging the Digital Divide: Arkansas’s High-Speed Internet Revolution
The Biden-Harris administration is allocating over $1 billion to Arkansas for high-speed Internet access, marking a significant stride in the ‘Investing in America’ agenda towards mitigating the digital divide.
“What this announcement means for people across the country is that if you don’t have access to quality, affordable high-speed Internet service now – you will, thanks to President Biden and his commitment to investing in America,”Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
The Impact of Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program in Arkansas
The allocation comes from the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. Arkansas will administer $1,024,303,993.86 for local grant programs, fostering potential job creation and sustainable economic growth.
A New Digital and Economic Era for Arkansas
These funds will amplify digital economy engagement, encourage local fiber-optic cable production, and stimulate job growth through Internet infrastructure development.
High-Speed Internet: An Indispensable Service for Today’s Arkansas
As stated by Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator, “High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society.” The Biden-Harris administration’s robust investment emphasizes their dedication to providing Internet access across all communities in Arkansas.
Arkansas’s BEAD Funding Allocation
Arkansas is slated to receive $1,024,303,993.86 from the BEAD program. This funding will play a crucial role in deploying or upgrading broadband networks, securing access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet service for every resident.
A Long-Term Vision: Catalyzing Economic and Social Advancement in Arkansas
The long-term implications of this investment could potentially spur economic and social development in Arkansas for the foreseeable future. Grounded in the principles of long-termism, this initiative promises immediate enhancements and a vision for a brighter, more digitally connected future for Arkansas.
State allocations and funding details
In total $42.45 billion in funds will be allocated to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories.
A detailed list of funding allocations for each state, D.C., and the territories can be found on InternetForAll.Gov.
Here’s how it breaks down:
|District of Columbia||$100,694,786.93|
|Northern Mariana Islands||$80,796,709.02|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||$27,103,240.86|