The ARC has played a vital role in helping communities throughout Appalachia pursue economic development and diversify their economies. We have seen firsthand in West Virginia the positive impacts ARC funding can have on a community. This bill provides continued support for the ARC so that they can keep helping rural communities for years to come, while also modernizing it by focusing on broadband infrastructure development.
The Appalachian Regional Commission Reauthorization Act will reauthorize and improve the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through 2025. The bill will authorize funding for the ARC at a level of $180 million with $20 million of that specifically dedicated to broadband deployment in Appalachia.