Gov. Ivey Continues to Push Broadband Access Statewide; Awards $26.6 million to Alabama communities | Panda Anku

Montgomery – Governor Kay Ivey has allocated more than $26 million in state funding to provide broadband service in numerous locations across Alabama.

The nine grants, totaling $26.6 million, were awarded to broadband providers across the state. Once the work is complete, the expanded broadband service will be able to serve nearly 15,000 additional homes, businesses and public institutions, including schools, police and fire departments, in areas without access to broadband service. Broadband providers provide access to broadband services, but homes and businesses still have to pay to connect to the service.

The expansion will also provide additional connections to make future broadband service deployments in these areas more viable.

“Alabama continues to make strides in providing reliable, high-speed Internet service to families and businesses across Alabama,” said Governor Ivey. “I thank lawmakers for recognizing the importance and tremendous impact that access to broadband services has on Alabama. I also thank the service providers for their willingness to be a part of this mission to transform the lives of Alabamaans.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers Broadband Accessibility Fund grants from state funds allocated by the Legislature. The grants will be distributed through ADECA’s Alabama Digital Expansion Division, which was created by legislation signed by Gov. Ivey in 2021 focused on broadband rollout in Alabama.

“Access to high-speed internet service can be a world-changer for rural families, especially when it comes to education, healthcare or running a business” said ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell. “I am honored to have the trust that Governor Ivey and the Alabama Legislature have placed in ADECA to administer this program that is making a difference to people across the state.”

Approved grants and affected areas are:

Blount/Etowah counties

Comcast Wired Communications – $1.32 million for access to 956 homes, businesses and public facilities in the cities and towns of Allgood, Altoona, Walnut Grove, Pana, Ellison Crossroads and Redbud.

Cherokee County

Comcast Wired Communications – $4.74 million to provide broadband access to 2,778 homes, businesses and public buildings in the cities of Leesburg, Sand Rock and the community of Anderson.

Colbert County

Comcast Wired Communications – $1.2 million to provide broadband access to 1,567 homes, businesses and government entities near the city of Leighton and the communities of Ford City and Hatton, and an area near the city of Littleville.

DeKalb County

Farmers Telecommunications Corp. – $3.4 million to provide broadband access to 826 homes, businesses and public entities in or near the cities and communities of Mentone, Valley Head, Fort Payne, Cloudmont, Cloudland, Union Hill, Moon Lake, Ponderosa, Bankhead , Little River East Fork, Little River West Fork, Oakdale, Sylvania Gap and DeSoto State Park.

Jackson County

Farmers Telecommunications Corp. – $4.37 million to provide broadband access to 1,818 homes, businesses and public buildings, including all or part of the cities and towns of Dutton, Section, Langston, Powell, Macedonia, Davistown, Pleasant View, Hodge and Hancock Crossing.

Lauderdale County

Spectrum Southeast – $2.31 million for broadband access near the city of Waterloo. The project will bring high-speed internet to 2,267 homes, businesses and public institutions.

Mobile County

Comcast Wired Communications – $686,298 to provide broadband access to 438 homes, businesses and government entities in the Alabama Port and Mon Louis communities.

St Clair County

Comcast Wired Communications – $3.63 million to provide broadband access to 2,104 homes, businesses and government entities in an area adjacent to the city of Ragland.

Walker County

Spectrum Southeast – $4.95 million to provide broadband access to 2,097 homes, businesses and government entities in the Oakman and Nauvoo areas.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.

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