Luttrell Announces Broadband Grants

Ponca City Now - June 17, 2024 10:58 am

OKLAHOMA CITY- Rep. Ken Luttrell, R-Ponca City, today announced that Osage County will receive five grants totaling $21.36 million to connect 3,375 homes and businesses to high-speed internet service with fiber optics.

The latest data from the FCC shows only 64% of homes and businesses in Osage County currently have access to high-speed internet. Once these projects are complete, that percentage will rise to more than 78%.

“Access to high-speed internet service is essential for our students and businesses to succeed both today and in the future,” Luttrell said. “Service in our rural areas has been a challenge that numerous constituents and communities have spoken to me about. What we’re doing is a game changer for Oklahoma.”

These awards are part of $374 million in ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) that the Legislature appropriated to the broadband office. ARPA SLFRF is the first of three federal grant programs the office will administer to expand broadband infrastructure throughout the state. The two remaining programs will award more than $900 million in additional funding.

Osage County providers include:

  • CoxCom, LLC $4,944,454. Locations 2,048
  • Totah Communications $382,317. Locations 28
  • AT&T Oklahoma $5,795,812 Locations 581
  • Indian Electric Coop $6,444,229. Locations 251
  • AT&T Oklahoma $3,793,049.73 Locations 467

Totaling, $21,359,861.

Luttrell represents District 37, Kay, and Osage counties.

 

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