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BRINKLEY RECEIVES $2.2 MILLION ARKANSAS RURAL CONNECT BROADBAND GRANT

Jessica Odom By Jessica Odom on 11/8/21 10:12 AM

Pictured: Members of the Brinkley City Council join Ritter Communications in accepting a $2.2 million investment through the Arkansas Rural Connect (ARC) grant program to extend Ritter Communications new fiber optic network to local residents. (L-R): Alderman Michael Tucker, Alderman Eddie Harvey, Alderman Billy Waggle, Alderman Wally Shaw, Brinkley Mayor Gary Hennard, Ritter Communications Vice President & General Manager of RightFiber Jeff Chapman, Alderman Ron Burrow, City Clerk & Treasurer Stacey Roche, and City Attorney Baxter Sharp.

JONESBORO, Ark. – (November 4, 2021) – Ritter Communications, the largest privately held telecommunications service provider in the Mid-South, will soon offer access to the company’s 100% fiber high-speed internet service currently available to businesses in Brinkley to local residents as part of a recent investment made to improve the area’s technology infrastructure. Brinkley city officials have secured $2.2 million through the Arkansas Rural Connect (ARC) grant program to extend Ritter Communications new fiber optic network to local residential customers. The Arkansas Rural Connect program, funded by the American Rescue Plan and existing state resources, awards grants to rural communities that help finance projects improving high-speed broadband internet access for more Arkansans. In addition, the company has independently invested over half a million dollars to provide the Brinkley business community with state-of-the-art communications technology and advanced business solutions.

"Ritter Communications is pleased to bring the latest fiber internet services to both business and residential customers in Brinkley,” said Ritter Communications CEO Alan Morse. “We are dedicated to delivering high-quality, high-speed and reliable broadband internet services to the rural communities of Arkansas. And we’re grateful Governor Hutchinson is committed to bridging the digital divide in Arkansas with ARC grant support. We are honored to have an opportunity to do our part.”

 

With its gigabit internet speeds, Brinkley 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, TV and phone.


"We feel fortunate Brinkley was chosen as an ARC Broadband grant recipient. The $2.2 million grant will provide Brinkley residents access to a necessity in today’s world, fast and reliable broadband internet service,” said Brinkley Mayor Gary Henard. “We are confident Ritter Communications is delivering the most advanced telecommunications solutions to our community, and we’re looking forward to welcoming them as a new neighbor.”

 

RightFiber™ by Ritter Communications is the company’s recently launched Fiber-to-the-Home service that offers a full range of telecom services including internet, TV, and phone to residential customers. RightFiber™ construction is on pace to be completed and residential customers connected by mid-next year.

 

The full suite of Ritter Communications telecommunications services gives Brinkley business customers access to the most advanced broadband technology which delivers speeds up to 10 gigabits per second of 100% fiber connectivity. Brinkley business customers also gain access to the new state-of-the-art Ritter Communications Data Technology Center. Ritter Communications began connecting Brinkley businesses this fall.

 Ritter Communications is a regional telecommunications provider, headquartered in Jonesboro, Arkansas serving over 100 communities in the region across four states with a full suite of innovative communications services. Learn more at RitterBusiness.com or RightFiber.com.

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Ritter Communications is the largest privately held telecommunications service provider in the Mid-South, offering world-class broadband fiber, telecom, video, cloud and data services. The company has grown rapidly over the years, investing millions recently in technology infrastructure and is now serving over 100 communities with more than 45,000 business, residential and wholesale customers in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri and Tennessee. Headquartered in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Ritter Communications invests heavily in the communities it serves by deploying proven, best- in-class infrastructure and technology, while coupling it with a world-class customer-focused experience. For more information visit, RitterBusiness.com or RightFiber.com.

 

Media Coverage:

Arkansas Business - https://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/137953/grant-money-funds-ritters-22m-broadband-push-in-brinkley?utm_source=enews_110821&utm_medium=email&utm_content=morning-roundup&utm_campaign=newsletter&enews_zone=3873&oly_enc_id=9807H5478578J9D

Talk Business & Politics - https://talkbusiness.net/2021/11/ritter-communications-to-expand-high-speed-internet-in-brinkley/?fbclid=IwAR0ZvvGe3APmictlfU7lLKF2oLwtz2EAvttR1nRVRh8-lTJE4cPKU2Oy6xg

Newsbreak.com - https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2425433486923/with-grant-money-ritter-makes-2-2m-broadband-push-in-brinkley

Arkansas Money & Politics - https://armoneyandpolitics.com/brinkley-2-2m-rural-broadband-grant/

Our Community Now - https://ourcommunitynow.com/news/no-25-arkansas-rides-momentum-into-matchup-with-injury-plagued-lsu

Opera News - https://www.dailyadvent.com/news/a57de418ad4f8743406200b912923920-Ritter-Communications-to-expand-high-speed-internet-in-Brinkley

 

 

 

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