The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has granted $28.6 million to Allegiance Communications to build-out and deploy more than 680 miles of new fiber-optic network in 35 communities.?

With this grant, Allegiance Communications plans to deploy broadband technology to an estimated 12,700 households and 230 businesses in a four-state region: Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

It will be the first time wireline broadband service faster than dial-up is offered in most of the affected communities. Allegiance also plans to upgrade communications for public safety organizations to improve storm warning systems and first responder efforts.

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