State Grants Help Expand Internet Access to More Jasper County Residents and Businesses | News

JASPER COUNTY – Fast, reliable internet is coming to more homes and businesses in Jasper County thanks to more than $14.3 million in state broadband grants, according to state officials Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) and Sharon Negele (R-Attica).

Indiana recently awarded a total of $189 million for 154 broadband projects across the state in the third round of the Next Level Connections broadband grant program. In total, more than 52,900 homes and businesses in 80 counties will benefit from the program supported and funded by the state legislature.

“Having the ability to connect to the Internet is no longer a luxury, but a necessity,” Gutwein said. “We need to continue to make broadband access available to more Hoosiers, especially in our rural communities. I think all of these upcoming projects bring us closer to that goal.”

Negele said that in addition to the $189 million awarded, 35 telecom providers and utility co-ops contributed more than $239 million in matching funds, resulting in the investment of more than $429 million. .

“Whether you live in a small or large community, everyone should have access to high-speed internet,” said Negele, a member of the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee. “These funds will ensure that more broadband projects are completed and expanded to areas of the state where they are needed most.”

Nine upcoming projects will help expand broadband in Jasper County:

• Jasper County REMC: This project will extend broadband access to 693 households and 67 businesses or organizations in Jasper and Pulaski counties. The amount of the grant requested is $3,170,324, with a local counterpart of $3,170,324, for a total project cost of $6,340,649.

• Jasper County REMC: This project will extend broadband access to 175 homes and 103 businesses or organizations in Jasper and Newton counties. The amount of the grant requested is $3,710,159, with a local counterpart of $2,473,439, for a total project cost of $6,183,598.

• Jasper County REMC: This project will extend broadband access to 753 homes and 137 businesses or organizations in Jasper, Pulaski and Starke counties. The amount of the grant requested is $2,530,943, with a local counterpart of $3,796,414, for a total project cost of $6,327,358.

• Jasper County REMC: This project will extend broadband access to 386 homes and 96 businesses or organizations in Jasper and Newton counties. The amount of the grant requested is $3,086,725, with a local counterpart of $2,057,816, for a total project cost of $5,144,542.

• Mercury Wireless: This project will extend broadband access to 287 homes and 13 businesses or organizations in Jasper, LaPorte, Pulaski and Starke counties. The amount of the grant requested is $1,192,216, with a local counterpart of $596,108, for a total project cost of $1,788,324.

• NITCO: This project will expand broadband access to four businesses or organizations in Jasper County. The amount of the grant requested is $169,112, with a local counterpart of $56,369, for a total project cost of $225,481.

• NITCO: This project will extend broadband access to seven homes and two businesses or organizations in Jasper County. The amount of the grant requested is $118,007, with a local counterpart of $118,007, for a total project cost of $236,014.

• NITCO: This project will expand broadband access to a home in Jasper County. The grant amount requested is $9,478, with local matching of $9,478, for a total project cost of $18,956.

• NITCO: This project will extend broadband access to 144 homes in Jasper County. The amount of the grant requested is $315,666, with a local counterpart of $315,666, for a total project cost of $631,332.

The Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program provides funding of up to $5 million per project to extend broadband service to unserved areas. To be eligible for funding, applicants must also contribute at least 20%.

For more information on projects and grants, visit in.gov/ocra.

Gutwein represents House District 16, which includes all of Pulaski County and parts of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.

Negele represents House District 13, which includes all of Benton County and parts of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.

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