Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) 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 Wayne, as part of the initial round of the Next Level Broadband program. Barrett supported the state’s budget, which allows funds to be used for awarding broadband grants to rural areas:
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 9, 2019) – “This investment is a great opportunity for Wayne County to expand broadband for over 80 households, who previously lacked fast and reliable internet access. Internet is necessary for so many things in our daily lives like working, studying, and even staying in touch with family and friends. I look forward to seeing the many benefits for our community and our state from this investment.”
The project will provide reliable broadband service to 82 unserved households in Wayne County. New Lisbon Broadband will place middle mile fiber cable east from US 27 along Wallace Road to the Whitewater Community. The requested grant amount is nearly $260,000 with a local match of more than $270,000, for a total project cost of more than $530,000.
For a copy of the governor’s full announcement, click here.
State Rep. Bradford Barrett (R-Richmond) represents House District 56,
which includes portions of Wayne County.
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