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Indiana Connectivity Program

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a draft of its updated broadband map. Per the FCC, this is a “pre-production draft” that allows the public to take a close look and verify the coverage data presented for all locations across the country.

To ensure continuous improvement, the broadband map has been designed to accept challenges from consumers and other interested parties regarding any inaccuracies, as well as the ability to provide feedback on the data presented. Upon verification of coverage, individuals may submit their correction requests directly through the map’s interface.

Please follow the reference link below to check the FCC’s original announcement and video to challenge addresses as appropriate.

Round 4 Awards:

The Indiana Connectivity Program announced the fourth round of awards on Jan. 11, 2023. The fourth round of the program awarded $925,574 to expand broadband to 254 addresses across 30 counties. Of these addresses, 235 are homes and 19 are businesses. Internet providers carrying out the projects matched over $2.4 million for a total investment of over $3.3 million

To find the number of addresses funded by each provider, click here. To find the number of addresses funded in each county, click here.

For the map of the funded locations for ICP Round 4, click here.

Provider

Addresses

Grant Amount

Berry Communications13

$50,300

Central Indiana Communications27$128,100
Charter Communications2$7,800
Joink Inc8$32,186
Miami-Cass REMC44$211,200
Mulberry Telecommunications10$45,746
Orange County REMC58$120,800
PSC Fiber36$123,067
SEI Communications2$9,600
South Central Indiana REMC7$16,540
Southeastern Indiana REMC14$63,385
Surfbroadband REMC33$116,850

Total Awarded

254$925,574

Overview:

The Indiana Connectivity Program aims to connect residents and businesses that lack access to broadband internet service with service providers and assist in the expense of extending broadband to those locations.

Process:

Owners of residential and business locations unserved or underserved (access to actual speeds less than 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload) can apply for consideration by entering their information into the Next Level Connections portal to initiate their interest in receiving broadband internet service.

Internet Service Providers will have the opportunity to review these locations and submit bids to the state on the cost of providing service to these locations. OCRA will evaluate these bids and make awards to the providers whose bid presents the lowest cost per Mbps to the state for extension of the service.

Status
Description
In-Progress
Application incomplete. Please submit your application to OCRA
Submitted for OCRA Review
Your application is under initial review by OCRA staff
Not Approved or Previously Awarded Funding
Your application could not advance, please log in to the portal and open My Applications to see an explanation
Staged for Challenge, Released for Challenge, Challenge Evaluation
OCRA is reviewing existing services off­ered for your address
Valid Challenge
A broadband provider can off­er existing services and will contact you
Open to Bundle, Staged for Bid, Released for Bid, Bid Evaluation
Your application is under consideration by broadband providers
No Bid or No Valid Bid
No provider submitted a bid or was awarded. Your application will be included in the next round.
Awarded
A broadband provider has been selected to provide services for your address and will contact you

*Inputting location information into the Next Level Connections portal does not guarantee extension of service.

*If a resident or business cannot access the online portal, the Indiana Broadband Connect Center can assist in this process. Please call 833-639-8522.

Eligibility:

Locations that currently lack broadband service or have actual broadband speeds of less than 25/3Mbps are eligible. The location can be residential or business.

Funding:

The portfolio of Next Level Connections Broadband Programs has been allocated $270 million in total. This would include the Indiana Connectivity Program.

Limits per line extension are set by Indiana Code. These limits are:

*A per-line extension amount that cannot exceed $25,000.
*A per passing amount that cannot exceed $4,800.


Timeline:

The Indiana Connectivity Program and Next Level Connections online portal is accepting applications.

The bidding and challenge processes must take place before awards can be made. Once made, projects must be completed within six to nine months of the contract date.

  • At least every three months, OCRA will publish to registered providers the addresses requesting service
  • Service providers will have 10 days to notify OCRA of service availability at those locations
  • Service Providers have 60 days to submit bids on locations they would like to extend service to
  • OCRA will evaluate all bids within 30 days and select the provider whose bid presents the lowest cost per Mbps to the state.

Round 4 Timeline
Addresses Posted for Challenge
Sept. 14, 2022
Challenges Due
Sept. 28, 2022
Addresses Posted for Bid
Oct. 11, 2022
Bids Due
Dec. 2, 2022
Selections Announced
January 2023
All dates are subject to change. The Indiana Connectivity Program address enrollment is ongoing.

How to submit your information:

Indiana residents and business owners can submit their address and information through the online portal, which will be available starting Monday, Sept. 27, by phone at 833-639-8522 or by mail to the following address:

Attn: Indiana Broadband Connect Center
The Office of Community and Rural Affairs
1 N. Capitol Ave.
Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Resources:


Round 1 Awards:

The Indiana Connectivity Program announced the first round of awards on April 28, 2022. The first round of the program awarded $654,678 to expand broadband to 253 addresses across 40 counties. Of these addresses, 246 are homes and seven are businesses. Internet providers carrying out the projects matched over $1.5 million for a total investment of $2.2 million.

To find the number of addresses funded in each county, click here.

To find a map of the funded locations, click here.

Provider

Addresses

Grant Amount

Berry Communications

1

$2,000

Central Indiana Communications

17

$81,600

Charter Communications

2

$9,600

Comcast

9

$33,493

Jackson County REMC

1$2,000

Johnson County REMC

11$46,900

Joink Inc.

15$73,198

Miami-Cass REMC

44$208,800

On-Ramp Indiana

7$32,000

PSC Fiber

27

$107,109

South Central Indiana REMC

8$14,328

Watch Communications

111

$43,650

Total Awarded

253

$654,678

Round 2 Awards:

The Indiana Connectivity Program announced the second round of awards on July 14, 2022. The second round of the program awarded $259,697 to expand broadband to 58 addresses across 19 counties. Of these addresses, 56 are homes and two are businesses. Internet providers carrying out the projects matched over $265,011 for a total investment of $524,708.

To find the number of addresses funded in each county, click here.

Provider

Addresses

Grant Amount

Berry Communications

1

$4,800

Central Indiana Communications

16

$66,200

Charter Communications

5

$22,545

Comcast

25$118,632
Echo Wireless LLC

6

$25,098

Joink Inc.

4

$17,622
Smithville Fiber

1

$4,800

Total Awarded

58

$259,697

Round 3 Awards:

The Indiana Connectivity Program announced the third round of awards on Oct. 6, 2022. The third round of the program awarded $760,727 to expand broadband to 197 addresses across 28 counties. Of these addresses, 188 are homes and nine are businesses. Internet providers carrying out the projects matched over $1,880,770 for a total investment of $2,641,497.

To find the number of addresses funded by each provider and the number of addresses funded in each county, click here.

Provider

Addresses

Grant Amount

Central Indiana Communications

19

$88,337

Charter Communications

15

$62,056
Comcast of Indiana/Kentucky/Utah, LLC

2

$9,600
Joink Inc8$29,666
Miami-Cass REMC

32

$153,600
Mulberry Telecommunications

6

$28,800
PSC Fiber42$147,009
Smithville Fiber3$14,400
South Central Indiana REMC24$55,775
Southeastern Indiana REMC46$171,484

Total Awarded

197

$760,727