Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, announced a multi-billion dollar investment, expanding broadband internet access - and creating jobs and economic opportunities in 37 states - including Arkansas.
Read a list of projects impacting Arkansas here.
"Where you live should not determine where you live or die," Dr. Curtis Lowery says.
Health care and congressional leaders joined the crowd Wednesday - as UAMS announced a $102 million grant for statewide broadband to benefit health care and education.
Lowery is a key player in Arkansas getting this money.
"Which is gonna revolutionize the education processes of these community colleges because now they're connected with fiber internet in a big way, and that means super computing and other things that they don't have access to," Lowery says.
With the grant, the University of Arkansas system will enable medical specialists to provide care to rural areas using two-way interactive video, known as telemedicine.
"This is a game changer for our state of Arkansas. We look at all the things we're trying to do to connect Arkansas and making sure that our opportunities exist in all parts of this great state," says U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln.
UAMS Chancellor, Dr. Dan Rahn says the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network will manage the fiber construction and connectivity across the state.
"It builds on existing research, education and health care that's been out there before -- we are the hub. This project is going to be implemented statewide in laying the necessary fiber to expand broadband access, all over the state. That will not be done by UAMS staff,"Rahn says.
The project will directly connect 475 community health and educational institutions to broadband.
"It's a wise investment, making broadband services available to rural arkansas will provide great accessibility to distance education programs and telemedicine," says U.S. Representative Mike Ross.
These investments will help bridge the technological divide in communities in more rural areas of the state.
"Geography should not determine your access to education, health care or economic opportunity. And this grant removes geography," adds Rahn.
In addition to the $102 million grant, UAMS and its partners are providing a match totalling nearly $26.5 million. And as many as 1.32 million people and 61,000 businesses stand to benefit from the grant.