On April 26, 2017, Governor Kay Ivey issued Executive Order 704. This order rescinded Executive Orders 9 and 42 and established the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs as the agency to assume all powers, duties, responsibilities, authority, and obligations belonging to the Office of Broadband Development.
Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund
On March 28, 2018, Governor Kay Ivey signed the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act. Because the availability of high-speed broadband services in unserved rural Alabama is important for economic development, education, health care, and emergency services, the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act established the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund. On May 30, 2019, Governor Ivey signed Act #2019-327 which provided numerous amendments to the original Act.
Governor Kay Ivey has allocated $100 million in CARES Act funding for a public-private partnership to increase access to internet for K-12 students attending school in the fall who may need internet service for distance learning.
Visit abcsudents.org for more information.
Help our broadband planning efforts by taking this internet speed survey. This information helps us locate gaps in broadband service. Your address will not be made public; the information is used solely for planning efforts.
Visit https://alabama.speedsurvey.org or click the image below:
USDA ReConnect Request for Governor’s Letter
To request a Governor’s letter for a USDA ReConnect project in Alabama, click here.
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