A southeastern Arkansas town has been awarded $2 million to increase its broadband connectivity.
Through the Arkansas Rural Connect (ARC) program, Hamburg has received $2 million to lay fiber to local homes. The city will work in partnership with CableSouth Media 3 to deploy the fiber.
To date, Hamburg is the eighth Arkansas town that has received ARC funding. The other seven communities that have received funding are Cave City, Cotton Plant, Fairfield Bay, Lonoke, Magazine, Nashville and Ozark.
Collectively, the state of Arkansas has announced more than $10 million in ARC funding for these communities. The eight towns have received $10,252,919.25 through the program. The Arkansas Department of Commerce has a total of $19.3 million in CARES Act funds that are designated for the ARC program.
“It is exciting to see broadband deployed to rural communities through fiber,” Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said in a statement. “This is an investment for the state that benefits future generations.”
Communities that receive ARC funds must spend them by Dec. 30, 2020. An additional $4.7 million has been set aside for broadband projects that would extend past that date.