Broadband internet access will soon be coming to rural areas of Arkansas

More than 2,000 homes and businesses in Madison County will receive broadband internet access.

By Kathryn Gilker

MADISON COUNTY (KFSM) -- It seems our world revolves around high-speed internet which makes things extra tough for those living in rural parts of our area but that could change for more than 16,000 homes and businesses in Arkansas thanks to the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund.

More than 2,000 of those homes and businesses in Madison County.

Holly Hoye lives near Huntsville and said their internet can be spotty at times and it's very frustrating, especially when she was doing her college homework.

“Watching videos, streaming anything can be quite the challenge. There is a lot of buffering just because the internet speed is not great,” she said.

Congressman Bruce Westermann said 30% of rural America still have no access to high-speed internet including himself at his Garland County home.

He said Arkansas does do a good job getting schools and colleges connected, but everywhere else needs help.

“These areas in rural America where homes can't get it, where small businesses can't get rural broadband, it really puts us at a disadvantage. So that's why I'm glad to see programs like the Connect America Fund,” he said. READ MORE.

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