FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Elizabeth Vos, Press Secretary
Kristen Gorski, Deputy Press Secretary
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 9, 2020) – State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) announced five rural broadband projects were awarded grant funding to improve internet service in Senate District 47, as part of the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program.
“Representing a rural district in Southern Indiana, I understand the importance of improving access to affordable and efficient high-speed internet service,” said Houchin. “I was pleased to have authored Senate Enrolled Act 460 in 2019, which established the Rural Broadband Fund, and am proud to see communities taking advantage of the associated grants, including those right here in District 47. Broadband service is easily taken for granted in many areas of the state, but far too many Hoosiers still do not have the access they need to do business, communicate, participate in virtual learning, and more. I will continue working on this until we bridge the digital divide in every corner of the state.”
The following award recipients in Senate District 47 will provide broadband service to unserved areas:
The second round of the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program includes $51 million for 50 broadband infrastructure expansion projects across the state, and is the largest single state investment in broadband. In total, rounds one and two of the program have awarded more than $79 million for broadband infrastructure for more than 21,900 homes and commercial locations in 41 counties.
For further information on the program, visit www.in.gov/ocra/3018.htm.
For a high-resolution photo of Sen. Houchin, click here.
Sen. Houchin joins local officials at the Mainstream Fiber Networks Announcement in Crawford County on Sept. 9, 2020.