- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Arkansas-based company is getting more than $500,000 annually in federal funds to expand high-speed internet service in rural Alabama.

The Federal Communications Commission says Windstream Communications Inc. will offer broadband service and support to nearly 3,800 customers in rural parts of the state.

The company will receive $511,000 in what’s described as annual, continuing support.

Additional service is expected in nine counties in central Alabama.

Officials say the money comes from a program that provides support to extend service into areas that wouldn’t otherwise have high-speed internet.

Nationwide, Windstream has accepted nearly $175 million in federal funds to expand high-speed service.

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