Brown, Negele: State grants help expand internet access to more Montgomery County residents, businesses

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Wednesday, September 9, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 9, 2020) — Several Montgomery County projects expanding fast and reliable internet to unserved homes and businesses can now move forward thanks to more than $5.7 million in state broadband grants, according to State Reps. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and Sharon Negele (R-Attica).

Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs recently announced a total of $51 million awarded for 50 broadband expansion projects around the state. The funding is part of the second round of the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program, which will provide broadband infrastructure to more than 10,590 homes and commercial locations across 32 counties.

"The state and our communities are investing in internet infrastructure, which is important for our economic growth and quality of life," Brown said. "We will continue looking for opportunities to ensure Hoosier employers, workers and students have all the tools to succeed in this modern world."

"This year showed it is extremely important for Hoosiers to have quality internet and high-speed services," Negele said. "This funding provides local homes and businesses with more reliable internet connection to help make sure they can work and continue their education without interruptions."

In addition to the $51 million awarded, 16 telecommunications providers and utility cooperatives contributed more than $53 million in matching funds, resulting in more than $104 million total investment for broadband.

The Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program provides funding of up to $5 million per project to expand broadband service to unserved areas. In order to be eligible for funding, applicants must be able to contribute at least a 20% match.

According to Negele, these are the projects impacting Montgomery County, with some projects reaching into nearby Fountain, Tippecanoe and Clinton counties:

Comcast: This project will serve 210 unserved homes in the Town of Darlington in Montgomery County. The requested grant amount is $673,155, with a local match of $174,171, for a total project cost of $847,326.

Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corporation: This project will serve 39 unserved households and 10 farms/businesses in Montgomery County. The requested grant amount is $673,956, with a local match of $673,956, for a total project cost of more than $1.34 million.

Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corporation: This project will serve 58 unserved households and 17 farms/businesses in Fountain and Montgomery Counties. The requested grant amount is $722,034, with a local match of $722,034, for a total project cost of more than $1.44 million.

Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corporation: This project will serve 65 unserved households, 19 farms/businesses and one anchor institution in Fountain and Montgomery counties. The requested grant amount is $821,969, with a local match of $821,969, for a total project cost of more than $1.64 million.

Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corporation: This project will serve 39 unserved households, four farms/businesses and three anchor institutions in Tippecanoe, Montgomery, and Clinton Counties. The requested grant amount is $981,803, with a local match of $981,803 for a total project cost of more than $1.96 million.

Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corporation: This project will serve nine unserved households, seven farms/businesses and one anchor institution in Montgomery County. The requested grant amount is $394,033, with a local match of $394,033, for a total project cost of $788,066.

Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corporation: This project will serve 28 unserved households and five farms/businesses in Montgomery County. The requested grant amount is $617,400, with a local match of $617,400, for a total project cost of more than $1.23 million.

Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corporation: This project will serve 12 unserved households and two farms/businesses in Montgomery County. The requested grant amount is $400,694, with a local match of $400,694, for a total project cost of $801,388.

Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corporation: This project will serve 12 unserved households and two farms/businesses in Montgomery County. The requested grant amount is $439,186, with a local match of $439,186, for a total project cost of $878,372.

For more information, visit in.gov/ocra/3018.htm.

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State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) represents House District 41,
which includes portions of Boone, Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties.

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State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) represents House District 13,
which includes all of Benton County, and portions of Fountain, Jasper,
Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties. 
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