WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today celebrated grants awarded to Tuskegee University, Stillman College, Alabama State University, and Talladega College to lead broadband expansion efforts in their respective regions. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded Connecting Minority Communities grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for purchasing broadband internet and eligible equipment or the hiring of informational technology personnel.
“From leading key agricultural advancements to creating accessible pathways to good-paying jobs, Alabama’s HBCUs have a record of driving historic progress that benefits our entire state and nation, making them a wonderful choice to lead broadband expansion efforts in Alabama.” said Senator Tuberville.“Broadband access is crucial to stimulating economic growth and new opportunities in rural communities. I’m confident that Tuskegee University, Stillman College, Alabama State University, and Talladega College will use these grants well to serve Alabamians.”
Alabama is home to 14 HBCUs, the most of any state in the country. Senator Tuberville has commended the leadership of Alabama’s HBCU network in developing workers for highly-demanded professions in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). As the state’s voice on the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, Senator Tuberville is committed to continued work on legislation that strengthens effective workforce development programs and industry-institutional partnerships, such as those exhibited in Alabama’s HBCUs.
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.