Nine providers will share nearly $900,000 in broadband funding awarded by the state of Indiana on July 6. The awards were made through the Indiana Connectivity Program.
Providers will contribute matching funds totaling more than $2.1 million.
The most recognized name on the winner list was Charter Communications, but the company is only slated to receive $4,800, which will go toward making service available to a single address. Only one other company is slated to receive less funding in this round.
The biggest winner was PSC Fiber, which was awarded nearly $361 million to cover some costs of bringing service to 95 addresses. The next biggest winner was Miami-Cass REMC, which won $278,400 to bring service to 58 addresses.
The other seven awardees will receive funding of no more than $79,500. That’s the amount that was awarded to the third biggest winner, Surf Broadband.
Indiana Broadband Funding
The Indiana Connectivity Program is administered by the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA). Owners of residential and business locations that lack access to service at speeds of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream can apply for consideration by entering information into a portal. After a challenge process, service providers have the opportunity to bid to provide service to those locations.
OCRA then makes awards to the providers whose bids request the lowest amount of funding per Mbps.
This is the sixth round of funding in the program. Funding in the previous round was awarded in April.
A complete list of the awards made in this round can be found at this link.