Alabama Governor awards 24 Counties $53.5 Million in high-speed internet grants. Is yours one of them?

Published 3:40 pm Friday, June 28, 2024

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has announced the allocation of $53.5 million in grants to expand high-speed internet access across 24 counties in Alabama. This initiative aims to bridge the digital divide and enhance connectivity in underserved areas.

The grants will fund various projects designed to provide high-speed internet to rural and remote communities, ensuring residents have access to essential online services and opportunities. Governor Ivey emphasized the importance of this initiative in fostering economic growth, improving educational resources, and enhancing the overall quality of life for Alabamians.

The counties benefiting from this funding include:

  1. Autauga
  2. Baldwin
  3. Barbour
  4. Bibb
  5. Blount
  6. Bullock
  7. Butler
  8. Chambers
  9. Chilton
  10. Choctaw
  11. Clarke
  12. Conecuh
  13. Coosa
  14. Covington
  15. Crenshaw
  16. Cullman
  17. Dale
  18. Dallas
  19. DeKalb
  20. Elmore
  21. Escambia
  22. Etowah
  23. Fayette
  24. Franklin

These counties represent a mix of rural and urban areas, highlighting the comprehensive approach taken by the state to address internet accessibility. Projects funded by these grants will include the installation of fiber-optic cables, the expansion of broadband infrastructure, and the enhancement of existing networks.

Residents of the 24 counties are encouraged to stay informed about the progress of these projects and to take advantage of the improved connectivity once available. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) will oversee the distribution and implementation of the grants, working closely with local officials and internet service providers.

For a detailed list of the counties receiving grants and more information on the specific projects, please visit the ADECA website.

This significant investment in Alabama’s digital infrastructure is a step forward in ensuring that all residents have the tools they need to succeed in today’s interconnected world.