Ritter Communications announced Tuesday (July 27) it is investing $12 million to bring 100% fiber internet services and advanced cloud solutions to businesses in the Arkansas River Valley region.
Four River Valley markets will be fiber-connected beginning with Alma and Ozark in August, Fort Smith in the fourth quarter, and Van Buren in the first quarter of 2022.
These new telecommunications services will deliver speeds up to 10 gigabits per second of 100% fiber connectivity. New business customers will also have access to the new Ritter Communications Data Technology Center, equipped with a local customer support team.
“Access to quality broadband internet is a must-have for all Arkansas businesses. Our highly-advanced internet services utilize the latest technology to provide rural communities with the most reliable and affordable broadband connectivity,” said Ritter Communications CEO Alan Morse. “As we continue our efforts to close the digital gap in Arkansas, Ritter Communications looks forward to bringing our 100% fiber, state-of-the-art broadband internet services to the River Valley business community.”
To celebrate the arrival of services in Alma and Ozark, Ritter Communications is contributing $5,000 to the Morgan Nick Foundation.
“The Morgan Nick Foundation is grateful for the generous donation from Ritter Communications. We thank them for contributing to a cause that is so important to us,” Colleen Nick, CEO and Founder of the Morgan Nick Foundation said. “The $5,000 donation will help us continue our efforts to protect the innocent by educating our communities on child safety and empowering our children with essential safety knowledge and skills.”
As planning for the River Valley region continues, construction is underway in Fort Smith. Company crews will be working in the area through the summer. Fort Smith businesses will be connected by zone beginning in late fall, Ritter officials said.