(STATEHOUSE) – State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) made the following statement on Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement of an additional $6.3 million in funding for broadband expansion projects across the state.
Locally, $5.2 million in funding will help over 1,000 households across Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, Jennings, Lawrence, Monroe, Scott and Washington counties.
May supported the state’s budget, which allows funds to be used for awarding broadband grants to rural areas:
“Indiana continues to make progress in ensuring our rural residents have reliable access to broadband service so they can fully participate in an increasingly technical economy and connect to essential communication and information. Thank you to the Jackson County Rural Electric Membership Corporation and the state for their partnership in this critical infrastructure.”
This project will serve approximately 1,050 unserved households, 25 unserved businesses, and eight anchor institutions in Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, Jennings, Lawrence, Monroe, Scott and Washington counties.
The requested grant amount is nearly $1.3 million with a local match of nearly $4 million for a total project cost of nearly $5.2 million.