Broadband board to meet in Okmulgee


The Governing Board of the Oklahoma Broadband office meets Tuesday to get an update on the effort to trim the number of proposed rural broadband efforts that seek the state’s $374 million in federal money received so far.

The funding is through ARPA, the American Rescue Plan Act and its related SLFRF or Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. So far, more than 300 proposed broadband projects have been received for the funding. The number will have to be trimmed to meet the funding.

Eventually, Oklahoma will receive a total of $797.4 million to expand rural broadband service in the state. But the process to determine the final list is still being determined. No decision is expected in the meeting to be held on the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology campus in Okmulgee.

The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.