FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sparklight® Receives $1.4 Million Grant
to Extend Broadband to Rural Arkansas Communities
April 8, 2021 – Phoenix, AZ - Sparklight ®, a leading broadband communications provider and part of the Cable One family of brands, today announced it has been selected to deliver high-speed internet service to the rural Arkansas communities of Ogden and Wilton through a $1.4 million grant awarded under the Arkansas Rural Connect (ARC) program.
The company was chosen by city officials to construct a state-of-the-art fiber optic network throughout the two communities, providing symmetrical speeds up to 1 Gig for residential customers and up to 5 Gigs for business customers.
“Access to fast and reliable high-speed internet is critical - especially in unprecedented times like these when our customers are staying connected to loved ones, work, school, and entertainment from home,” said Julie Laulis, President & CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with the towns of Ogden and Wilton to bring the latest technology and fastest speeds to residents and businesses in these communities.”
Construction on the all-fiber network is scheduled to begin in June and will ultimately connect more than 330 residential and business customers by mid-September.
“The Ogden community looks forward to working with Sparklight,” said Ogden Mayor Sandra Furlow. “Reliable internet is a much-needed service in our community.”
Arkansas Rural Connect (ARC) is a grant program designed to expand the broadband footprint in rural Arkansas communities.
Sparklight® is a leading broadband communications provider and part of the Cable One family of brands, which serves more than 950,000 residential and business customers in 21 states. Sparklight provides consumers with a wide array of connectivity and entertainment services, including high-speed internet and advanced Wi-Fi solutions, cable television and phone service. Sparklight Business provides scalable and cost-effective products for businesses ranging in size from small to mid-market, in addition to enterprise, wholesale and carrier customers.
Senior Director, Corporate Communications