Governor Hutchinson and the General Assembly have made broadband a top priority. Arkansas Rural Connect (ARC) is a grant program designed to expand the broadband footprint in rural Arkansas communities. Broadband is an essential infrastructure that will allow Arkansans to compete in today’s digital economy, enhance healthcare outcomes through telemedicine, and improve education.
The ARC program is still accepting applications. Projects are not being funded at this time, however, we are anticipating additional State and Federal funding.
Coverage maps from Internet Service Providers may be sent anytime before July 15, 2021.
Statewide coverage maps for eligibility released: June 1, 2020. See here: https://broadband.arkansas.gov/ar-rural-connect/targeted-areas/