Skycap applying for broadband construction grant through Connect Arkansas program

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A company called Skycap is applying for a grant to construct and provide rural broadband internet to the Independence county communities of Thida, Rosie, and Salado.

The grant process goes through the Connect Arkansas program.

Independence County Judge Robert Griffin said Wednesday he has signed off on the
application which is required by state law. The application says there is a great deficiency of service of affordable broadband in many areas of Independence County. The company said in its applications that there is an urgent need for reliable internet service for children
during this pandemic when distant learning is required.

This area of the county has insufficient bandwidth capabilities for children to try and do
their classwork, or to connect with their teacher through Zoom or other related applications.

Judge Griffin said he expects several applications to be filed for broadband construction projects in Independence County.

A timeline on when services will be established is not yet known.


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