Funding Agency

ARC - Central Appalachia & North Central/North Appalachia Broadband


Funding Agency

Appalachian Regional Commission


Federal Agency

Appalachian Regional Commission

Agency Overview

ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local governments. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts.

Program Name

ARC - Central Appalachia & North Central/North Appalachia Broadband

Program Website

Program Overview

The development of broadband communications networks is one of the best ways to equip communities with the basic “building blocks” essential for economic and community development. ARC is dedicated to continuing broadband deployment in distressed counties in Central Appalachia as well as funds for a program of broadband deployment in distressed counties in North Central and Northern Appalachia.

Agency Contact

1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20009-1068
Telephone: (202) 884-7700
Email: info@arc.gov.
For questions on specific topic areas, please refer to the contacts listed on the ARC Offices and Staff page.

Program Purpose
  • Planning (e.g., feasibility)
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g., construction)
  • Broadband Adoption
  • Digital Skills Training
  • Public Computer Access
Eligible Recipients
  • Libraries
  • K-12 Schools
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • State and Local Governments
  • Tribal Entities
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Electric Utilities/Co-ops

Agency Contact

1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20009-1068
Telephone: (202) 884-7700
Email: info@arc.gov.
For questions on specific topic areas, please refer to the contacts listed on the ARC Offices and Staff page.

FY2020 Funding Amount

• $10 million allocated towards broadband deployment in distressed counties in Central Appalachia. • $5 million allocated towards broadband deployment in distressed counties in North Central and Northern Appalachia.

Additional Information

ARC's structure was designed to ensure an active federal-state partnership. There are 14 Commission members: the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair. Each year the 13 governors elect one of their number to serve as states' co-chair of the Commission.

Each governor appoints an alternate, who oversees the state's ARC program and serves as the state-level contact for those seeking ARC assistance. The states' interests at ARC/Washington are handled by the states' Washington representative, who is hired by the states.

Brief Program Description

The development of broadband communications networks is one of the best ways to equip communities with the basic “building blocks” essential for economic and community development. ARC is dedicated to continuing broadband deployment in distressed counties in Central Appalachia as well as funds for a program of broadband deployment in distressed counties in North Central and Northern Appalachia.

Agency
  • Appalachian Regional Commission

Funding Name ARC - Central Appalachia & North Central/North Appalachia Broadband

Funding Image

ARC