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New funding will help close the digital divide across Arizona, ensuring everyday Arizonans can access the internet for their careers, educations, and connections with loved ones
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today announced $99.4 million for broadband infrastructure to help close the digital divide in Arizona and ensure everyday Arizonans can access high speed internet for their careers, educations, connections with loved ones, and so much more.
“Today’s investment in Arizona increases connectivity across our state, ensuring everyday Arizonans have access to high-speed internet no matter where they live. By closing the digital divide, we’re delivering real solutions to Arizonans as they gain meaningful careers, access needed health care services, continue their educations, and connect with loved ones they hold dear,” said Sinema.
Today’s investment in Arizona – delivered as part of the COVID recovery law – will be awarded to counties across Arizona through two separate grant programs – one for urban counties and one for rural counties. Sinema announced the broadband resources on a press call with Administration officials.
Today’s investment follows Sinema’s leadership expanding broadband across Arizona through her work on her bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law. The infrastructure law invests over $65 billion dollars in broadband, including over $40 billion in funding for high speed broadband buildout in areas of the country with no access or with very poor coverage, provisions to ensure that the broadband service is affordable so that Arizonans know that they won’t be cut off from the internet if times are hard, and provisions to ensure that tribal lands have dedicated funding to meet their unique broadband needs.