Launched as a pilot program in 2005, the ACCESS Project provides grants and program support for distance learning in high schools. The goal of the project is to expand the availability of ACCESS Distance Learning to all public high schools in the state of Alabama. Fifty courses are currently offered for high school students with an estimated enrollment of 10,000 for 2008. The Project has distributed 70 grants to high schools to build distance learning-equipped classrooms.
Carbon Hill, Alabama was the location for one of two FCC-approved IP Transition trials, during which consumers and businesses were transitioned from TDM-based services to next-gen IP-based services.
Since 2010, The Connecting ALABAMA Initiative has been awarded $4,874,142 in federal grants for Alabama’s Broadband Initiative.
Another $91,596,026, accounting for 2.6% of all federal infrastructure grants, was awarded to broadband infrastructure projects in Alabama.