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Biden administration delivers $187 million to Indiana for high-speed internet access

Justin Hicks
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IPB News
The White House said the newest round of broadband grant funding will help connect more than 7 percent of locations in Indiana that still lack high-speed internet access.

More than 50,000 Indiana homes and businesses will get access to high-speed internet through new federal funding.

The Biden administration announced this week it will send $187 million to the Hoosier state for broadband expansion.

The money comes from the American Rescue Plan, the COVID-19 relief bill signed into law last year. It will be funneled through Indiana’s existing Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program, an initiative Gov. Eric Holcomb launched in 2019.

The program awards grants to service providers to extend better coverage to underserved areas. There have been three rounds of grants so far in the program, paid for with both state and federal dollars.

The White House said the newest round of funding will help connect more than 7 percent of locations in the state that still lack high-speed internet access. And it notes that Indiana’s program prioritizes school buildings, rural health clinics and households with students.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.