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PHOENIX (AP) — Dozens of Arizona schools in poor and rural areas are seeking funds to boost internet speeds.

The federal government has pledged roughly $100 million through the E-rate program to improve infrastructure. The Arizona Republic reports that Arizona is among 18 states that qualify for the funding.

The state also agreed to invest $11 million in the last legislative session. Gov. Doug Ducey says too many of the state’s rural areas have spotty broadband service.

The Arizona Department of Education says 100 Arizona schools have signed up for funding so far. It estimates another 335 schools qualify based on the percentage of students who get free or reduced-price lunches.

Schools often use the internet for classroom activities, tests and communication. Officials say outdated technology can be frustrating.


Information from: The Arizona Republic,