Gov. Holcomb Announces Over $22M for Broadband Expansion in Indiana

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 8, 2019 Gov. Holcomb Announces Over $22M for Broadband Expansion in Indiana Home Indiana Agriculture News Gov. Holcomb Announces Over $22M for Broadband Expansion in Indiana SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced $22.1 million in funding for 11 broadband expansion infrastructure projects across the state as a part of the initial round of the Next Level Broadband program.“Hoosiers need affordable, quality internet regardless of where they live, work or go to school,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Access to broadband brings countless opportunities and that’s why I’m excited to see these key infrastructure projects positively impact economic development, health, agriculture and quality of life.”This funding will provide broadband infrastructure to more than 4,800 homes and commercial locations in 12 counties.The $100 million Next Level Broadband program is the largest single state investment in broadband. For the initial round of funding, service providers could apply for up to $5 million per project to expand service to unserved areas if they provided at least a 20 percent match. Unserved areas are those without at least one telecommunication provider offering internet fast enough to provide the most basic services – at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.In addition to the $22.1 million awarded through Next Level Broadband, the seven telecommunications providers and utility cooperatives contributed $14 million in matching funds, resulting in $36.1 million total investment for broadband.“I’m thrilled to think about how many communities in unserved areas will get access to broadband through this grant program,” Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch said. “Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level Connections initiative is a significant step towards bridging the digital divide and bringing greater opportunities for all Hoosiers.”Gov. Holcomb asked Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, to oversee the application program.OCRA received applications for 64 projects, and a multi-agency committee reviewed the proposals based on the Next Level Broadband program objectives.For more information on the selected proposals, visit ocra.in.gov/nlc.htm or click on the project name listed below.Next Level Broadband is part of Gov. Holcomb’s $1 billion Next Level Connections infrastructure program, which accelerates the completion of major highway projects, expands access to rural broadband services, creates more nonstop flights and pursues the expansion of rail projects in northwest Indiana.The following applicants will provide unserved areas levels of up to one-gigabyte download and upload service, the highest speed available on the market.Miles Communication CorporationBartholomew, Jennings and Shelby countiesThis project will serve approximately 366 unserved households and 135 unserved businesses, in primarily rural portions of Bartholomew, Jennings and Shelby counties in southeastern Indiana. The requested grant amount is $2.8 million with a local match of $2.9 million, for a total project cost of more than $5.7 million.Washington County Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc.Clark and Floyd countiesThis project will serve approximately 334 unserved households, four unserved businesses and one unserved community anchor institution in primarily rural portions of southwest Clark County and northern Floyd County. The requested grant amount is more than $2.8 million with a local match of more than $754,000, for a total project cost of more than $3.6 million.Smithville Communications, Inc.Howard and Tipton counties This project will serve 127 unserved households in northern Tipton County, northwest of the Town of Tipton in Liberty and Prairie Townships and Howard County in Harrison and Taylor Townships. The requested grant amount is $250,000 with a local match of nearly $756,000 for a total project cost of more than $1 million.Smithville Communications, Inc.Monroe CountyThis project will serve 21 unserved households in northeastern Monroe County, northeast of the Town of Ellettsville in Bean Blossom and Bloomington Townships. The requested grant amount is $137,000 with a local match of more than $413,000, for a total project cost of more than $550,000.LigTel CommunicationsNoble CountyThis project will serve 83 unserved households and 12 unserved businesses in the rural towns of Brimfield and Merriam in Noble County. The requested grant amount is almost $442,000 with a local match of more than $117,000 for a total project cost of nearly $559,000.Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc.Perry CountyThis project will serve approximately 357 unserved households and 39 unserved businesses in rural portions of southern Perry County. The requested grant amount is almost $1.5 million with a local match of more than $396,000, for a total project cost of almost $1.9 million.Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc.Spencer County This project will serve approximately 1,578 unserved households and 176 unserved businesses in primarily rural portions of Spencer County. The requested grant amount is $5 million with a local match of more than $6 million for a total project cost of more than $11 million.Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc.Spencer CountyThis project will serve approximately 747 unserved households and 187 unserved businesses in Spencer County. The requested grant amount is nearly $5 million with a local match of more than $1.3 million, for a total project cost of more than $6.3 million.Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc.Spencer County This project will serve approximately 473 unserved households and 53 unserved businesses in Spencer County. The requested grant amount is nearly $3.5 million with a local match of nearly $919,000 for a total project cost of nearly $4.4 million.Tipmont REMCTippecanoe CountyThe project will serve 27 unserved households and three unserved businesses in northwestern Tippecanoe County to include portions of Shelby Township. The requested grant amount is more than $444,000 with a local match is more than $118,000 for a total project cost of more than $562,000.New Lisbon Broadband and Communications, LLCWayne CountyThe project will provide reliable broadband service to 82 unserved households in Wayne County. New Lisbon Broadband will place middle mile fiber cable east from US 27 along Wallace Road to the Whitewater Community. The requested grant amount is nearly $260,000 with a local match of more than $270,000, for a total project cost of more than $530,000.Source: Gov. 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Limerick Gardai very concerned over welfare of missing teen

first_imgNewsBreaking newsLimerick Gardai very concerned over welfare of missing teenBy Staff Reporter – October 6, 2015 693 Previous articleRugby – Munster name ‘A’ side to face Leinster ‘A’Next articleGAA – Audio – Patrickswell’s Ciaran Carey previews Limerick SHC final against Na Piarsaigh Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE whereabouts of a missing teenager in Limerick is something that gardai say they are “very concerned” aboutGardai are now concerned for the welfare of teenager Adam Dunne who went missing in Limerick city on Monday night.They have now issued a public appeal for assistance in locating the 15-year old.Adam was last seen around 7pm on Roxboro Road, Limerick city on Monday night.He is described as being 5’9″ tall, of slim build with light brown hair.He has blue/green eyes.When last seen the teen was wearing a grey tracksuit bottoms, a grey hoodie top, a navy t-shirt with a grey collar and black runners.Anyone who has seen Adam or has information that can assist in locating him is asked to telephone Roxboro Road Garda Station at 061 214340, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. Twitter Facebookcenter_img Email Advertisement Print Linkedinlast_img read more