Heaton 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. Heaton (R-Terre Haute) 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, as part of the initial round of the Next Level Broadband program. Heaton supported the state’s budget, which allows funds to be used for awarding broadband grants to rural areas: 

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 8, 2019) – “The announcement of broadband expansion in Monroe County through Smithville Communications, Inc., is welcomed news. Our rural citizens deserve reliable internet for access to information and vital communication channels.”

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.




State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,

which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.

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