- Associated Press - Monday, July 15, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The federal government says it will allocate an additional $7 million in funding over the next 10 years to expand internet access in rural areas of Arkansas.

The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday that the funds will provide broadband access to nearly 4,000 more rural Arkansas homes and businesses.

In May and June, the FCC authorized a total of $40.8 million in funding. About 15,000 more rural Arkansas homes and businesses will be connected to the internet when the project is complete.

The FCC says it will authorize more funding in the coming months. Providers will begin receiving money from the FCC this month.

In May, Gov. Asa Hutchinson released a plan to expand access to high-speed broadband communities with more than 500 residents by 2020.

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