Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that the state will use nearly $150 million in Federal funding to increase broadband access for homes, businesses, and public institutions across 48 counties.

“High-speed internet service continues to strengthen and expand across the state, and we are taking the necessary strides on this journey to achieve full broadband access for Alabama,” said Governor Ivey. “This has been a monumental task, but it is one that will pay multiple dividends for our state and its residents. Today is an exciting day as we announce these latest projects.”

This round of funding will support an additional 5,000 miles of broadband infrastructure. Once the infrastructure is in place, it will be able to provide access to almost 54,000 households, businesses, and institutions like hospitals, schools, and libraries.

“This has been a remarkable journey made possible by Governor Ivey, the Alabama Legislature, the state’s internet service providers and so many other willing and eager participants,” said ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell. “Once completed, these projects announced today will provide access for thousands of Alabamians.”

The $148.3 million in grant funding was awarded to 16 internet service providers. Funding for these grants comes from the Federal American Rescue Plan Act. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants.

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