AT&T and Indiana have entered into an agreement that the carrier says will bring fiber broadband to almost 6,100 homes, businesses and farms in parts of nine counties of the state.
The $13 million project, which is contingent on the signing of a final contract, will create a network that extends to parts of Bartholomew, Clinton, Grant, Hendricks, Johnson, Lawrence, Montgomery, Morgan and Putnam counties.
“We have a long history of connecting Hoosiers, and we’re excited about this opportunity to continue to work with the state and these local communities on closing the digital divide,” Bill Soards, the president of AT&T Indiana said in a press release. “AT&T’s fiber network is fast and reliable, and we look forward to helping build better futures for the businesses and people of Indiana.”
The network will offer symmetrical services as fast as 5 Gbps. Details of the partnership agreements were not disclosed.
AT&T says that it has invested more than $1 billion in wireless and wireline services in the state since 2019. The carrier has announced two public private partnerships in Indiana in recent months.
In May, the carrier said it would work with the city of Boonville to make broadband service available to 4,000 locations. The $4.4 million project was dependent upon a final agreement and is expected to be completed in 18 months.
Several months earlier – in October 2021 — AT&T and Vanderburgh County announced a $39 million contract to build a fiber network in unincorporated parts of the county within two years. The network will offer symmetrical 1 Gbps service to 20,000 addresses.
The agreement between the carrier and the Vanderburgh County Commissioners calls for the county to invest $9.9 million and AT&T to invest $29.7 million.