Calling northeast Oklahoma county and tribal leaders! Click here to apply for the Oklahoma Accelerate program.


A specialized program to equip communities to utilize federal funding and expand access to high-speed internet

The Accelerate program is led by Heartland Forward and the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, providing 30 hours of no-cost expert counsel for community leaders to guide them in developing broadband plans to address their unique local barriers, ensuring state and federal funding is allocated to best fit their needs.

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Our Approach

A 16 week intensive program

The Accelerate process includes weekly, topical, two-hour meetings with the cohort of four to six communities convening together as a large group, with the following objectives:

  • identify broadband goals
  • gather community information
  • analyze opportunities
  • understand funding options
  • target capital dollars for infrastructure

Where We Are

A growing community effort

We have launched cohorts in Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee, reaching 32 communities to date.

Tools And Resources

Please provide your information to access the Accelerate Guidebook and support materials:

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Our Partners

Thank you to our Accelerate partners for making this work possible

  • Blandin
  • Benton
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • BroadbandOhio
  • Ohio State University Office of Extension
  • Arkansas Community Foundation
  • Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation
  • Diamond State Networks
  • Forward Arkansas
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
  • Communities Unlimited
  • WinRock International
  • Arkansas Black Mayors Association
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
  • Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

Join Us

We are always looking to expand our network of partners to collaborate on our initiatives and workshops.

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