Funding guide

ARC - Telecommunications: Information Age Appalachia

Broadband Funding Guide

Appalachian Regional Commission

Federal Agency

Appalachian Regional Commission

Agency Overview

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. 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

Telecommunications: Information Age Appalachia

Program Overview

ARC, through its Information Age Appalachia (IAA) program, is engaged in helping make advanced communications systems a reality in all of Appalachia. IAA is built around four main pillars: access to infrastructure, training and education, e-commerce, and tech job creation. The program is also geared toward assisting in the uses of an advanced telecommunications infrastructure, including

  • distance learning applications for rural school systems;
  • advanced telemedicine applications for rural health clinics;
  • high-speed internet access for business applications; and
  • access to training curriculum for workforce training.

ARC partners with public entities and non-profit institutions as well as with information providers and other private-sector companies in an effort to spread access to telecommunications infrastructure and applications throughout the Region.

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


For questions on specific topic areas, please refer to the contacts listed on the ARC Offices and Staff page.

Funding Type


FY2018 Funding Amount

$110,000,000.00 / $155,000,000