Allen County Expands High-Speed Internet Access to 1,000 Homes
ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. — Allen County’s efforts to bring high-speed Internet access to underserved parts of the county have received a major financial boost.
Governor Holcomb announced that Allen County will receive more than $3.3 million through the state’s Next Level Connections broadband grant program. The funds will support two all-fiber broadband projects to address the lack of broadband service in the county.
Comcast is spearheading a project that will extend broadband access to 1,012 homes, businesses and other institutions in Allen County. $2.8 million from the state grant program will be used to cover the cost of the project, with an additional $668,000 coming from the county and a $4.2 million investment by Comcast. Additionally, Comcast is self-funding the addition of 627 addresses outside of those included in the project to support broadband access expansion.
The second project involving Frontier will extend broadband access to 21 county homes. More than $543,000 from the state will be invested and Frontier will add nearly $136,000.
“It’s gratifying to see the fruits of our labor begin to bear fruit,” said Nelson Peters, county commissioner and chairman of the Allen County Broadband Action Team. “This is just the beginning and there is much more to come to help better connect the citizens of Allen County.”
The Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program is part of Governor Holcomb’s billion-dollar Next Level Connections infrastructure program, which is accelerating the completion of major highway projects, expanding access to rural broadband, creates more nonstop flights and continues to expand rail projects in northwest Indiana. .
“The statewide expansion of broadband will have a significant positive impact on Indiana,” said Denny Spinner, executive director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. “This will increase opportunities for Hoosiers to work and learn remotely and improve access to health care, especially for those living in rural areas.”