Thanks to Indiana’s Next Level Connections Grant Program, broadband connections are coming to 10,000 homes and businesses spread across 19 different counties. As the Indiana Capital Chronicle reports, the state is contributing $13.6 million towards the project, with partner Comcast putting up another $36 million. The contract between Comcast and Indiana’s Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA) will see 1,200 miles of broadband fiber outreach to underserved residents. Comcast’s gigabit-capable, fiber-to-the-home network expansion is projected to be completed within the next two years.
“Next Level Connections is used as a model by other states to deliver the best tech infrastructure to rural areas,” stated Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “The investments made by Comcast and other partners will not only benefit residents and businesses but also contribute to Indiana’s rural economic engine.”
“Ensuring all Hoosiers have access to reliable, high-speed internet has been a top priority for Comcast,” agreed Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast in Indiana, Joni Hart. “As the world we live in becomes increasingly digital, we remain focused on not only bringing our broadband network to more Indiana homes and business, but also meeting the ever-increasing appetite for education, business, telemedicine, entertainment and more.”