Governor Kay Ivey announces plans to transfer cash for broadband expansion

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Money from the American Rescue Plan Act will be transferred to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for broadband expansion, Gov. Kay Ivey announced. The Department of Economic and Community Affairs will deploy the funds in the coming months through grant programs to help expand access to high-speed internet service to unserved areas of the state through its new divi digital expansion of Alabama. Funds for the American Rescue Plan Act come from three sources: $51 million in state fiscal stimulus funds, $34 million in income replacement funds, and $191 million from the Rescue Projects Fund. fixed assets. “Broadband is vital infrastructure that helps create more jobs, improves education and healthcare opportunities, and strengthens our economy,” Ivey said in a statement. The state’s Department of Economic and Community Affairs has awarded grants to more than 90 projects to expand broadband access to unserved areas through the Alabama Broadband Connectivity Fund. the Alabama Broadband Map and Connectivity Plan and this increase in funding, we have implemented effective grant programs to incentivize providers to expand their coverage areas,” said Kenneth Boswell, Director of the Department economic and community affairs of the state.

Money from the American Rescue Plan Act will be transferred to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for broadband expansion, Gov. Kay Ivey announced.

The department is responsible for administering $276 million in Alabama funds from the federal broadband law.

The state’s Department of Economic and Community Affairs will deploy the funds in the coming months through grant programs to help expand access to high-speed Internet service to unserved areas of the state through its new Alabama digital expansion division.

Funds for the American Rescue Plan Act come from three sources: $51 million from state fiscal stimulus funds, $34 million from income replacement funds, and $191 million from the Capital Projects Fund. .

“Broadband is vital infrastructure that helps create more jobs, improves education and healthcare opportunities, and strengthens our economy,” Ivey said in a statement.

The state’s Department of Economic and Community Affairs has awarded grants for more than 90 projects to expand broadband access to unserved areas through the Alabama Broadband Connectivity Fund.

In January, the Department of Economic and Community Affairs released the Alabama Broadband Map and Alabama Connectivity Plan to guide state efforts and recommend strategies to expand broadband.

“With the completion of the Alabama Broadband Map and Connectivity Plan and this increase in funding, we have put in place effective grant programs to incentivize providers to expand their coverage areas,” said Kenneth Boswell, director of the State Department of Economics and Community. Business.

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