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The Illinois Department of Commerce has released a list of awardees in Round 3 of the Connect Illinois broadband funding program. Awards made in this round total approximately $328 million, which will cover some of the costs of deploying broadband to areas lacking high-speed service.

Twenty-one entities will receive funding, including local telecom providers, electric cooperatives and others. Some awards will go to individual localities such as Kendall County, whose $15 million win Telecompetitor reported in March.

The biggest winners in this round were two local companies. Jo-Carroll Energy Co-op will take home $69.9 million for 11 projects and ProTek Communications will take home almost $51 million for seven projects.

One of the bigger names winning funding was Frontier, whose $24.7 million win Telecompetitor reported in March. Another major provider – Comcast – was awarded over $5 million.

Nine awardees will receive more than $10 million in Illinois broadband funding and three will receive less than $1 million.

The full list of awardees includes:

  • Adams Telsystems
  • Cable One
  • Central Illinois Regional Broadband Network
  • City of Chicago
  • Comcast
  • Crossville Telephone
  • Diverse Communications
  • Frontier
  • Grafton Technology
  • Jo-Carroll Energy Co-op
  • Kendall County
  • Logan County
  • Metro Communications
  • Oneida Telephone Cooperative
  • ProTek Communications
  • Shelby Electric Cooperative
  • Strada Communications
  • Surf Internet
  • Village of Troy Grove
  • Wabash Communications Co-operative
  • WK&T Cooperative

Project descriptions for all awardees reference fiber broadband deployments. Additional details can be found here.

Additional information about Illinois broadband, including links to state funding resources and state-specific Telecompetitor coverage can be found on the Telecompetitor Broadband Nation webpage for the state.

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