Arizona Rural Broadband Development Grant

Under Governor's Ducey's leadership, Arizona allocated $3 million in taxpayer funding to expand broadband services in underserved rural areas across the state. The Arizona Rural Broadband Development Grant will be used to support planning and deployment, enabling Arizona communities to more easily access broadband services at speeds and prices equal to national averages in rural areas, and provide consistent and reliable service. 


Eligible applicants are Arizona cities and towns with a population of fewer than 150,000 that are not part of a larger contiguous metro area; Arizona counties with a population of fewer than 750,000; federally-based Indian tribes located in Arizona; established non-profit enterprises focused on economic development in Arizona; and for-profit enterprises with a minimum of five years operating history in the telecommunications industry. 


The grants will be allocated in two separate categories:

  • Shovel-ready projects to immediately improve broadband infrastructure, with a maximum award of $1,000,000 per project
  • Broadband planning activities for projects that are not shovel ready, with a maximum award of $50,000 per project.

The application window closed on October 28th, 2019. Grant awards will be announced on December 19th, 2019. UPDATE: The Questions Due Date for this RGA has been extended to Friday, October 4, 2019.


Please contact Teri Orman for application information:



In accordance with RGA 2020-01 Section 4.1, "Project narratives will be published following the Submission Due Date and Time, and existing service providers will have thirty days from the date of publication to provide comment regarding proposed projects. The ACA may consider any such feedback in its sole and absolute discretion as it finalizes award decisions." The following narratives have been redacted for budgetary information. To share your comments regarding the proposed projects, please email


RBDG-A Narratives

Alluvion Communications, Gila River Local Exchange Carrier Inc. dba

Commnet Wireless, LLC

CopperNet Systems Inc.

Denali Telecom Solutions, Inc.

eX2 Technology, LLC

City of Flagstaff

Global Communication Services

Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Mohave Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Simply Bits, LLC

Sparklight, Cable One dba

Summit Healthcare Association


RBDG-B Narratives

Apache County

Town of Chino Valley

Coconino County

Gila County

La Paz County

Town of Patagonia

Town of Quartzsite

Regional Partnering Center

Town of Springerville

City of St. Johns

Town of Thatcher