Area Broadband Companies Receiving Funding for Expansion

Area Broadband Companies Receiving Funding for Expansion

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Office of Broadband Wednesday announced $47 million in funding for 22 projects in every region of the state through the second round of Connect Illinois, the state’s broadband expansion plan.

Round Two funding includes $23 million in Connect Illinois grant awards matched by $24 million in nonstate funding for a total of over $47 million, with plans to expand broadband access to approximately 13,000 homes, businesses, farms, and community institutions across Illinois – through 22 new projects, with at least one in every region of the state.

Those receiving funding in southern Illinois include Clearwave ($500,000) for Johnson, Saline and Williamson counties. ProTek Communications in Williamson County will receive $2 million. WKT Telecom Cooperative will see $5 million for Pulaski and Union counties.

To promote broadband access, the Illinois Office of Broadband is making $350 million in funding available through a third round of grants, which will be accepted and awarded on a rolling basis through 2024, or until funds are depleted.

Funding for Connect Illinois is made possible by Pritzker’s $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital plan as well as federal broadband funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act.