Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) 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. Mayfield supported the state’s budget, which allows funds to be used for awarding broadband grants to rural areas:
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 8, 2019) – "Some people might assume that Bloomington has no issues with broadband connection since it’s a college town. However, a large percentage of Monroe County is rural. The topography and distance between households has always been a challenge when it comes to reliable internet. The Next Level Broadband program helps internet providers connect unserved or underserved Hoosiers with internet access that is vital for education, employment and so many other areas of everyday life. I'm excited to see Smithville continue with their commitment to serving our community through this matching grant program.”
Smithville Communications, Inc.
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. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60,
which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties.
She is the assistant majority floor leader and serves on the
House Ways and Means, Public Policy and Insurance committees.
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