- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed an executive order to create the Office of Broadband Development and increase the accessibility of high-speed Internet across the state.

The governor’s office announced that the order was signed on Thursday.

Bentley says the new office is tasked with making sure broadband infrastructure is in place throughout the state at an affordable price.

Director of Broadband Development Kathy Johnson says high-speed Internet is crucial to the state’s economic growth, as well as to public safety and numerous other areas.

As part of Executive Order 9, the governor’s office says Bentley will appoint 19 members to an advisory board to work with Johnson and report the office’s progress to the governor.

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