The hard-pressed communities of Apache County may soon see a big improvement in their troubled, outage-prone internet service.

A $9.7 million Arizona Department of Commerce grant that includes $600,000 in matching funds from two utility companies will bolster broadband speeds and reliability for Apache County communities that include Springerville, Eagar and St. Johns, according to a news release from the Salt River Project. Broadband carrier Commnet also committed $1.5 million.

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JEG

Question. What happened to small communities like Alpine? Our internet, when it works, is slightly faster than dial up.

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