Arizona unlocks $100 million for broadband expansion

By Stacey Barchenger | Arizona Republic

Arizona organizations seeking to expand broadband internet access in their communities can now apply for funding from a $100 million slice of the American Rescue Plan.

The federal stimulus plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden in March prioritized high-speed internet expansion after the COVID-19 pandemic shifted work, doctors appointments and school online, highlighting gaps in access.

On Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey’s office announced that the state would begin taking applications for grants to improve Arizonans’ internet access through the Arizona Broadband Development Grant Program.

“These investments will be a gamechanger for our state, accelerating economic growth and improving the lives of thousands who lack access to reliable internet,” Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, said in a statement.

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