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Arkansas State Broadband Office

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Anticipated Arkansas Broadband Grant Awards

NTIA IIJA : $1.4 B - $1.6 Billion
for broadband grants (anticipated). Affecting factors include network speed and population.

Treasury CPF: $158.1 Million
for broadband grants (anticipated).

Arkansas Broadband Director

Glen Howie

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Broadband Office Name:
Arkansas State Broadband Office

Parent Department:
Arkansas Division of Information Systems

About Arkansas State Broadband Office

The Arkansas Department of Commerce's Broadband Office coordinates the state's broadband related activities. The Arkansas Rural Connect Grant Program provides funding to assist in the deployment or improvement of broadband infrastructure into unserved or improvement to underserved communities. 

The state's broadband goal, as articulated in its 2019 broadband plan, is to get universal access to broadband at speeds of 25Mbps upload /3Mbps download by 2022. 

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Institute for Digital Health and Innovation manages the state's rural broadband grants.

The Arkansas legislature also created the Rural Broadband I.D. Expenses Trust Fund. Based at the UAMS Office of Digital Health and Innovation, this grant program provides one-time grants for ISPs to meet certain requirements for future qualification in USDA and FCC federal grant programs.

Arkansas Broadband Investment Maps

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Ready Strength Rank

Arkansas broadband investment map yield on cost

Yield on Cost Maps

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Pricing & Competition

Arkansas broadband investment map business establishments

Business Establishments in Underserved Areas

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Rural Electric Cooperative(REC) Coverage Map

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Small Business Establishments

Our map showcasing the estimated number of broadband related Small Business Establishments in Arkansas's census blocks.

Number of small business establishments

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Business size distribution in underserved areas

Arkansas broadband investment map business size distribution within underserved project areas