Residents urged to help with state broadband connectivity

The Arkansas Broadband office has opened its challenge of the state’s new Broadband Map, which was released March 12, in efforts to increase internet connectivity across the state.

Bella Vista residents should view this map at the Arkansas State Broadband Office’s website. If residents feel the internet connectivity in their area is misrepresented on the map, they can register their challenge with their respective elected official, who will then register the challenge to the state on the resident’s behalf.

Bella Vista elected officials have been registered as official challengers, and challenges will be accepted starting today, March 20, through April 19.

First, find out in which ward of the city you live by viewing the city’s ward map.

Bella Vista has three wards. Ward 1 includes those east of U.S. 71 and north of Kingsland Road and Euston Road, Ward 2 includes most of the central/southern part of the city, and Ward 3 includes those west of Lancashire Boulevard to the western city limits.

Second, if you feel the internet connectivity in your area of the city is misrepresented on the state’s map, contact your elected official to register your challenge on your behalf:

Mayor:           John Flynn —

Ward 1:         Jerry Snow —

                        Wendy Hughes —

Ward 2:         Jim Wozniak —

                        Larry Wilms —

Ward 3:         Doug Fowler —

                        Craig Honchell —

You can also view the City Council contact information here.

Dates regarding the Challenge Process:

  • March 12, 2024: New state broadband map released
  • March 20, 2024: Challenge portal opens; challenges accepted for 30 days
  •  April 19, 2024: Challenge rebuttals accepted for 30 days
  • May 19, 2024: Challenge adjudication begins
  • June 17, 2024: Challenge process concludes

In addition, plan to attend the State of Arkansas Broadband County Roadshow for a public meeting to discuss the future of broadband in our communities. This event is open to all Benton and Washington County residents and is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28 at the Benton County Courthouse, 215 E. Central Ave.