Area legislators respond to broadband expansion funding for Bartholomew, Jennings and Shelby counties

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, August 9, 2019 9:18 am

Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Reps. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville), Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) in your coverage of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement of $22.1 million in funding for broadband expansion projects across the state. This funding will provide broadband infrastructure to more than 4,800 homes and commercial locations in 12 counties, including Bartholomew, Jennings and Shelby, as part of the initial round of the Next Level Broadband program. Eberhart, Lauer and Lucas supported the state’s budget, which allows funds to be used for awarding broadband grants to rural areas:

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 9, 2019) – “This is a great opportunity for our communities. Not only will this benefit citizens, but it will also help local businesses grow and increase efficiency. As a business owner, I recognize the importance of having access to fast and reliable internet, and our community is grateful for this project and the many benefits it will bring,” Eberhart said.

“The broadband program is a substantial step in helping communities improve their internet connectivity. In today’s world, internet is used almost daily for work, school and at home. This investment will be a game changer for over 360 households and 130 businesses. Our community will be able to access applications and tools to make businesses more competitive and homes better connected to unleash new opportunities and improve quality of life,” Lauer said.

“This significant investment will benefit homes and businesses while helping lure new jobs to our region. This project could incentivize developers to consider these communities for new homes, and attract younger workers and employers,” Lucas said.

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Bartholomew, Jennings and Shelby counties

This project will serve approximately 366 unserved households and 135 unserved businesses, in primarily rural portions of Bartholomew, Jennings and Shelby counties in southeastern Indiana. The requested grant amount is $2.8 million with a local match of $2.9 million, for a total project cost of more than $5.7 million.

For a copy of the governor’s full announcement, click here.



  State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents House District 57,

which includes Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.

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State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) represents House District 59,

which includes portions of Bartholomew County.

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State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes

portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.

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