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$100 million in federal funding to expand high-speed broadband in Arizona

Nov 15, 2021, 12:30 PM | Updated: 12:45 pm

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)...

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

PHOENIX — Arizona will use $100 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to expand high-speed broadband in areas of need throughout the state, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday.

Communities can build or improve broadband infrastructure with federal money through the Arizona Broadband Development Grant program.

The program will serve schools, businesses, public safety operations and more in both rural and urban parts of the state.

“In today’s digitally connected world, ensuring access to high-speed internet is key to growing opportunity,” Ducey said in a press release.

“Today’s historic investment will build on the progress of recent years to get even more schools, businesses, tribal communities and homes connected, opening up more opportunities for services like telemedicine and digital learning.”

Eligible applicants include broadband service providers, local governments, Native American tribes and schools.

The deadline to submit a grant application is 5 p.m. on Dec. 10.

“We have prioritized a true need for Arizona — broadband,” Republican Rep. Joanne Osborne, who represents areas east of metro Phoenix, said in the release. “Telehealth, education and economic development all depend on a strong broadband connection.

“Investments in broadband lead to safer highways, connected communities and healthier Arizonans.”

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$100 million in federal funding to expand high-speed broadband in Arizona