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STUTTGART RECEIVES $6.1 MILLION ARKANSAS RURAL CONNECT BROADBAND GRANT

Jessica Odom By Jessica Odom on 3/11/21 9:00 AM

JONESBORO, Ark. – (March 11, 2021) – Stuttgart is bringing 100% fiber high-speed internet services to local residents with funds from a recently awarded $6.1 million Arkansas Rural Connect (ARC) Broadband Grant. Ritter Communications, a leading regional broadband provider headquartered in Jonesboro, has been selected by city officials to partner with Stuttgart to establish Fiber-to-the-Home infrastructure that will provide high-speed, high-quality internet access to homes

"Ritter Communications is committed to delivering broadband internet services to rural Arkansas, and we commend Governor 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 the City of Stuttgart chose to partner with us to bring the latest fiber services to the community to foster economic growth and keep residents connected to the technology they need for e-learning, telehealth, telework and entertainment."

 With its gigabit internet speeds, 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 offered by Ritter Communications.

 "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,” said David Leech, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Stuttgart. "We are excited to have Ritter Communications as a community partner on this project. Their services will improve our community’s economy, health and education.”

 Independent of the ARC Grant, Ritter Communications is contributing $1.4 million to also provide the Stuttgart business community with state-of-the-art communications technology and advanced business solutions. Ritter’s advanced suite of telecommunications services will give the business community access to high-speed, 100 percent fiber internet, voice, cloud solutions networking and television services. In addition, businesses will also have access to the new state-of-the-art Ritter Communications Data Technology Center.

The Arkansas Rural Connect Broad Grants, funded by the CARES Act and existing state funds, are awarded to rural Arkansas communities, making broadband internet connections accessible to more Arkansans. All recipients must complete projects by September 30, 2021.

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About Ritter Communications: Ritter Communications is the largest privately held telecommunications service provider in the Mid-South, offering world-class broadband fiber, telecom, video, cloud and data center services. The company has grown rapidly over the years, investing millions recently in technology infrastructure and is now serving 94 communities and more than 45,000 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 RitterCommunications.com.

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