Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $14.8 million in Arizona to deploy broadband infrastructure in rural areas without sufficient access to high-speed internet.
A group of the nation’s leading technology associations sent a joint letter to Congressional leadership urging the passage of two crucial pieces of legislation that will help connect families in under-served areas to high-speed, broadband internet.
With Arizona’s technology sector growing at a pace 40% faster than the rest of the nation, we are increasingly pleased with the Governor’s leadership in investing in K12, higher education and specifically in STEM. The Council is advocating for STEM ecosystem investment and cultivation as one of its 2020 legislative priorities, and we look forward to working with the Governor on making our vision a reality.
On January 23, 2020, the Broadband Stakeholder Network, in cooperation with the Arizona Commerce Authority, will host a free webinar on Arizona and USDA funding for broadband in Arizona. You’ll also learn about Gov. Ducey’s proposal for major new investments in Rural Broadband in Arizona that includes $10 million in Rural Broadband Development Grants and nearly $50 million in funding for Smart Highway Corridors.