Appalachian Regional Commission fund assists rural broadband
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 17, 2023
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission is offering $6.3 million in grant money to boost broadband access in dozens of communities.
The commission said it will be the first-ever grant funded through its Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies. It’s designed to provide support to 50 underserved communities in 12 Appalachian states, the commission said in a media release.
The ARC said the focus of the project will be to help selected communities compete for billions in federal broadband funding that will become available later this year.
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“Broadband access is essential for Appalachia to thrive and compete in a global economy. Without this support, our most rural communities may be left further behind,” said Gayle Manchin, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Appalachian communities can learn more and apply at connecthumanity.fund/arise.