Indiana Governor Announces Over $22 Million in Broadband Funding
The Governor of Indiana 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. 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.
The Regulatory Mix Today: Indiana Governor Announces Over $22 Million in Broadband Funding, NTIA Announces Monthly Broadband Webinars
NTIA Announces Monthly Broadband Webinars
National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced that, as part its BroadbandUSA program, it will host a series of webinars on a monthly basis to engage the public and stakeholders with information to accelerate broadband connectivity, improve digital inclusion, strengthen policies and support local priorities. The Practical Broadband Conversations webinar series will provide an ongoing source of information on a range of topics and issues being addressed by BroadbandUSA, including but not limited to best practices for improving broadband deployment, digital inclusion, workforce skills, smart communities, and economic development. BroadbandUSA will hold the webinars from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time on the third Wednesday of every month, beginning October 16, 2019 and continuing through September 16, 2020, with the exception of December 2019 and August 2020. NTIA will post the registration information on its BroadbandUSA website under Events.
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