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Uniti Fiber leads broadband expansion in Butler, Lowndes, and Montgomery counties

Uniti Fiber, a provider of infrastructure solutions, is installing nearly 65 miles of “middle mile” broadband in Alabama’s Black Belt region. The project is funded by a $4.2 million grant.

Middle-mile projects, according to Uniti, reduce the costs and labor for providers to extend services to unserved businesses and households. This broadband project will serve Butler, Lowndes, and Montgomery counties, including four anchor institutions (hospitals, schools, government and public safety buildings).

“In the 21st century, broadband access is both a quality of life issue for individuals and families and an economic issue for businesses both large and small that need it in order to prosper, grow, and expand,” Uniti President Andy Newton said. “Uniti is proud to be a committed partner with Gov. Kay Ivey in bringing modern day technology and Internet access to areas of Alabama that have gone without it for far too long.”

Ivey spoke about the potential of the Alabama Anchor Institution/Middle Mile Grant Program, which provided the funding for the project.

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“This is what levels the playing field by ensuring that no matter your zip code, you can have access to the opportunities and resources that you need to thrive,” Ivey said. “Together, we are building a stronger, more connected Alabama for generations to come.”

Uniti Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Kelly McGriff expressed appreciation for the state.

“We are very grateful to the state of Alabama for recognizing Uniti Fiber and what we have done over the years to build out broadband connectivity in rural Alabama,” said McGriff. “We are looking forward to utilizing these capital funds to bring more of rural Alabama onto the information superhighway.”

Austen Shipley is a staff writer Yellowhammer News.

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