This week Comcast and the state of Indiana announced a deal to jointly spend $50 million to expand fiber high-speed internet in Indiana.
This deal will help roll out 1,200 miles of fiber to unserved rural portions of Indiana. Comcast will invest $36 million, and Indiana will invest $13.6 million.
“Next Level Connections is used as a model by other states to deliver the best tech infrastructure to rural areas,” said Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “The investments made by Comcast and other partners will not only benefit residents and businesses but also contribute to Indiana’s rural economic engine.”
“Ensuring all Hoosiers have access to reliable, high-speed internet has been a top priority for Comcast,” said Joni Hart, vice president of Government Affairs for Comcast in Indiana. “As the world we live in becomes increasingly digital, we remain focused on not only bringing our broadband network to more Indiana homes and business, but also meeting the ever-increasing appetite for education, business, telemedicine, entertainment and more.”
Since this partnership’s inception in 2011, the program has connected more than 440,000 residents of Indiana.