Ellington statement on broadband expansion funding for Monroe County

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, August 9, 2019

Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) 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 Bean Blossom and Bloomington townships in Monroe County, as part of the initial round of the Next Level Broadband program. Ellington supported the state’s budget, which allows funds to be used for awarding broadband grants to rural areas:

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 8, 2019) – “Having dependable broadband service is necessary in this day and age for equal connections to so much of what comprises our economy and society now. The Next Level Broadband program is beneficial to Hoosiers not just for jobs but to be connected to the rest of the world.”

Smithville Communications, Inc.
Monroe County
This project will serve 21 unserved households in northeastern Monroe County, northeast of the Town of Ellettsville in Bean Blossom and Bloomington Townships. The requested grant amount is $137,000 with a local match of more than $413,000, for a total project cost of more than $551,000.

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

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State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62, which includes

portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.

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