In a major step towards continued expansion of broadband internet service in rural Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey signed Senate Bill 90 into law late last week.

Sponsored by Sen. Clay Scofield (R-Arab), SB90 expands an existing grant program under the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund, which was established by the Legislature in 2018.

Senate Bill 90, known as The Rural Broadband Initiative, allows the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to expand the grant program for broadband providers in rural and under-served areas.

The grant initiative is supervised by ADECA and the Alabama Rural Broadband Legislative Oversight Committee.

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