The cities of Augusta and Stuttgart will soon have 100% fiber high-speed internet services available to local residents thanks to help from the Arkansas Rural Connect (ARC) Broadband Grant Program.
Ritter Communications headquartered in Jonesboro, has been selected by city officials to partner with both cities to establish fiber-to-the-home infrastructure that will provide high-speed internet access to homes.
“Ritter Communications believes all Arkansans should have access to high-speed broadband internet services, and we commend Gov. Hutchinson and his administration for prioritizing a solution to bridging the digital divide in Arkansas,” said Ritter Communications CEO Alan Morse. “Ritter Communications is honored to have been chosen as a partner to bring the latest fiber services to rural Arkansas, keeping residents connected to the technology they need to fulfill their learning, health, work and entertainment needs.”
With its gigabit internet speeds, Augusta and Stuttgart residents will receive a new residential fiber service from Ritter Communications called RightFiber, the latest broadband solution that provides a full suite of services including internet, phone and video.
“The city of Augusta is grateful for the $2.3 million ARC Broadband Grant which will allow increased broadband speeds to be expanded throughout the city. High-speed internet access is essential to the health, education, economic growth and well-being of our community, Ritter Communications worked earlier this year to provide telecommunications services for our businesses, so we are thrilled to partner with them again,” Augusta Mayor Jeff Collins said.
The Arkansas Rural Connect Broadband Grants, funded by the CARES Act and state funds, are awarded to rural Arkansas communities, making broadband internet connections accessible to more Arkansans.
“The $6.1 million ARC Broadband Grant will bring Stuttgart residents fast and reliable internet access, something which is no longer a luxury, but a necessity,” Economic Development Coordinator for Stuttgart David Leech said.