Arizona Governor Ducey Announces Project to Expand Broadband Access

Doug Ducey

 

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Friday announced the state will invest more than $68 million in a project to expand broadband access to rural areas throughout the state.

The investment will focus on connectivity along Interstate 40 West, running from Flagstaff to the California border.

“Arizonans, visitors and commerce rely on high-speed internet connectivity for efficiency and safety,” Governor Ducey said at the ADOT North Central District Office. “That’s why we’ve prioritized the expansion of broadband infrastructure in every corner of our state. This critical infrastructure will give more homes fast internet, improve public safety, increase access to education and help more Arizonans get the care they need through telemedicine.”

The project, involving the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and Sun Corridor Network (SCN), will mirror similar initiatives in progress along Interstates 17 and 19.

“In the digital age, broadband is an important utility for Arizona families, businesses, and students,” said Representative Regina Cobb (R-Kingman). “I’m proud to see the next step of our state-led corridor take root along I-40 – totaling 400 miles of broadband combined along I-17, I-19, and I-40. Investments in broadband mean safer highways, healthier Arizonans and better connectivity to live, work and play. I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Ducey to bring internet connectivity to our rural and underserved communities.”

Previously, Ducey detailed an investment of $100 million in a new grant program to increase the accessibility of broadband internet, utilizing funds from the American Rescue Plan.

“A strong broadband network is vital to a strong economy,” added Representative Joanne Osborne (R-Goodyear). “We’ve made significant investments to expand high-speed broadband to many areas of the state and enable local communities to construct or improve broadband infrastructure. Today’s announcement is another important step in connecting all of Arizona, my thanks to Governor Ducey for his leadership.”

— — —

Cooper Moran is a reporter for the Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Doug Ducey” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 3.0. Background Photo “Broadband Internet Cables” by Lucent_Designs_dinoson20.

 

 

Related posts

Comments