Agreement Provides Fiber-Optic Improvements in Rural Areas

(AP) — A telecommunications company has agreed to provide $2 million in improvements to fiber-optic infrastructure in rural areas across Arizona as part of a consent agreement with the state.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced that the fiber-optic improvements are part of a February consent decree with Lumen Technologies, formerly known as CenturyLink.

The office had alleged that the company engaged in deceptive and unfair advertising and billing practices. The consent decree resolves the allegations, which the company continues to deny.

The announcement said the planned fiber-optic improvements will benefit schools, public safety agencies, small businesses, local government offices and other customers by extending cellphone coverage and internet connectivity in previously underserved areas.

The improvements are planned in Coconino, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yavapai counties in Arizona.

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