Welcome to the Arkansas e-Link web site!


This area is designed to provide information related to the Arkansas Health Care, Higher Education, Public Safety, & Research Broadband Integrated Initiative. This is a grant-funded project by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.


Get to know Arkansas e-Link and the e-Link initiative.

Arkansas e-Link is developing  a $102 million expansion of two existing networks: Arkansas Telehealth Network (ATN) managed by the Arkansas Telehealth Oversight and Management group (ATOM) and the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON) with efforts expected to be complete by August 2013. This grant-funded project is designed to increase broadband capacities and interactive video equipment at 450+ planned health care, higher education, public safety and research entities in Arkansas. Aligning partners from across Arkansas, this project aims to improve broadband resources at the following types of entities in all 75 Arkansas counties:


Health Care

Centers on Aging
County Health Clinics
Medical Clinics
Community Health Centers (federally-qualified)
Human Development Centers
Mental Health Clinics
Home Health Care Agencies

Higher Education

4-year Universities
2-year Colleges
Public Libraries
Arkansas’ Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Network

Public Safety

Ambulance Service
Arkansas’ Bioterrorism Network
Arkansas’ Trauma Network


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
University of Arkansas System

The project described was made possible by Funding Opportunity number (Regulatory Identification Number) 0660–ZA28 and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 11.557 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration, BroadbandUSA. The contents of this web site are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of BroadbandUSA.

For a statement of network management policies, please visit our partners’ sites for the Arkansas Telehealth Oversight & Management (ATOM) Network, whose policy is currently in development, and the Arkansas Research & Education Optical Network (ARE-ON).

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