FCC wants to enhance broadband in rural parts of Arkansas

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The Federal Communications Commission promises millions to expand broadband internet to rural parts of the state.

Over the next decade, the FCC will give over $18 million to increase the access of broadband for more than 5,000 Arkansas homes and businesses.

This is the first wave of support from a competitive auction.

FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield said providers will begin receiving funding this month. 

“They can use the money to both expand and then operate their networks,” said Mark Wigfield, FCC spokesman. Those companies are going to be deploy networks capable of providing gigabit service, which is very fast service.”

Washington and Madison counties received the most funding, totaling more than $10 million combined.

Nationwide, more than a billion dollars will be invested for rural broadband in 12 states.

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