Indot Broadband Corridor Agreement
The choice of the preferred corridor is expected in the fall and the federal highway authority will consider the proposal. The Mid-States Project Office is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but still accepts comments on possible routes via its website. Expanding the Economic Development Authority`s lending program to select broadband service providers Defines a “qualified broadband project” as a project to deploy broadband infrastructure to provide broadband services for Internet connections at certain speeds, regardless of supply technology, in unserved areas of Indiana. Defines an “unspoiled area” as a geographic area of Indiana where there is not at least one terrestrial broadband service provider at the indicated speeds. It provides that after June 30, 2019, government subsidies (adjudicating entities) to broadband infrastructure are: (1) A awarding entity cannot allocate public funds to broadband projects. Defines a “qualified broadband project” as a project to build a broadband infrastructure to provide broadband services to the Internet at certain speeds, regardless of supply technology, in unserved areas of Indiana. Defines an “unspoiled area” as a geographic area of Indiana where there is not at least one terrestrial broadband service provider at the indicated speeds. On 30 June 2019, the public authorities (adjudicating entities) in favour of high-speed infrastructure provide that: (1) A commissioning entity cannot grant a new public broadband subsidy unless the subsidy is for a qualified broadband project. 2. A commissioning entity may, by 1 July 2019, release, under certain conditions, state resources for a public broadband subsidy granted to a recipient. 3.
In awarding a new public broadband grant, the contracting entity must assess (A) all grant applications and determine all recipients and allocation amounts according to the criteria of the status that authorizes the Office of Municipal and Rural Affairs (Office) to provide broadband subsidies for qualified broadband services in unserved areas; or (B) submit all grant applications received by the Agency for the following questions: (i) evaluation; and (ii) the determination of scholarships and scholarship amounts or the recommendation of scholarships and scholarship amounts; according to the criteria set out in the statutes.