48 Alabama Counties to Receive Expanded High-Speed Internet Service, Connecting Rural Communities Like Never Before – Compsmag

Alabama Counties to See Expansion in High-Speed Internet

It is suggested that, Governor Kay Ivey recently announced the awarding of $148.3 million in grants to expand high-speed internet to unserved areas across Alabama. This initiative will benefit 48 counties and create more than 5,000 miles of broadband infrastructure.

Last Mile Projects

The expansion projects, known as the “last mile” projects, aim to bring high-speed internet access to almost 54,000 households, businesses, and institutions. These efforts are part of a larger plan to achieve full broadband access for all residents in Alabama.

Middle Mile Program

Prior to this announcement, $188 million in grants were awarded for the Alabama Anchor Institution program, also known as the “middle mile” program. This initiative funded internet service providers to install over 4,000 miles of broadband infrastructure throughout the state.

List of Service Providers and Coverage Areas

  • AT&T Southeast – Expanding services in Franklin, Jefferson, Mobile, Morgan, and Russell counties.
  • Central Alabama Electric Cooperative – Providing coverage in Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, and Elmore counties.
  • Connect Holding (Brightspeed) – Extending services in Pickens and St. Clair counties.
  • Coosa Valley Technologies Inc. – Broadening services in Calhoun, Etowah, Shelby, and Talladega counties.
  • Cullman Electric Cooperative – Offering broadband services in Cullman and Winston counties.
  • Farmers Telecommunications Corp. – Expanding services in DeKalb County.
  • Knology (WOW!) – Bringing broadband services to parts of Henry and Houston counties.
  • Mediacom – Providing coverage in Baldwin , Clarke , Conecuh , Escambia , Monroe , and Mobile counties.
  • Millry Telephone Co. Inc. – Expanding broadband services in Washington County .
  • Pea River Electric Cooperative – Extending broadband services in Barbour Henry .
  • Pine Belt Telephone Co.- Additional broadband services in Clarke Marengo .i li > R.M.Greene Inc.- Broadband expansion projectin Barbour Russell .
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    li > Tombigbee Electric Cooperative- Providingbroadband servicestoin Winston County.
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    li > Troy Cablevision (C Spire)- Expandingbroadband servicesto Dale Houston .
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    i > Yellowhammer Networks- Bringingbroadband servicesto Bibb Dallas Greene Hale Lowndes Marengo Perry Sumter .
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This significant investment by Governor Ivey and other stakeholders is expected to improve connectivity for thousands of Alabamians who previously lacked access to high-speed internet. With these new projects underway,
it is clear that efforts are being made towards closing the digital divide within the state.
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