Planning for next-generation internet across Appalachia

Appalachia Digital Accelerator

Much of Appalachia lacks the digital infrastructure it needs, holding back social and economic opportunities. To accelerate internet access, Connect Humanity and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) have partnered to support 50 of Appalachia’s least-connected communities to plan for next-generation broadband networks.

Each community receives financial and technical support to create a holistic connectivity plan that meets the broadband goals of their community. Together, we identify these goals and create a roadmap that leads to new economic opportunities and healthier communities.

Get involved

Find out how to join the program and access the tools and resources we’re building to help people everywhere advance broadband in their communities.

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Apply to join

To become a grantee or support as a technical partner, apply now.

  • Financial support
  • Technical assistance
  • Valuable partnerships
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Events & webinars

Register for upcoming trainings and watch past events on-demand.

  • Resource mapping
  • Network design
  • Financial planning & more.
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Tools & resources

All tools created in the program will be made openly available.

  • Field Guides
  • Mapping tools
  • Digital equity resources

Meet the Appalachia Digital Accelerator Communities and Partners

A project in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), which contributed $6.3 million (80% of the total project cost).

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