Grants program to improve broadband services in Indiana receives more than 70 applications

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Governor Eric Holcomb announces that the second round of Next Level Connections Broadbrand grants has received 72 applications.

These applicants are requesting nearly $100 million dollars in funding.

The applications stem from 21 different service providers, which could impact 47 Indiana counties.

For this round of funding, service providers were able to apply for up to $5 million per project to expand service to unserved areas. Unserved areas are those without at least one telecommunications provider offering internet fast enough to provide at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.

“As COVID-19 further emphasizes the importance of connectivity, this funding will support better e-learning, telehealth and overall quality of life,” said Governor Eric Holcomb.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will review the applications and awards are expected to announced in July.

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