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| May 17, 2017

By ABC15 • Associated Press

YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ – At Congress Elementary School in Yavapai County, school administrators say their internet service used to be so bad, it went out entirely every time it rained. When it was working, it would freeze up when multiple classrooms tried to get online. …

The Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative is working to close the digital divide for rural schools.  By Arizona fronting $3 million from the state’s general fund and $8 million from the Corporation Commission, the state can leverage about 100 million dollars in federal grants.

Under the program, 106 schools and libraries have submitted their forms to receive broadband. Eligibility is based on a school’s percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch.

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