Illinois Gov. Pritzker announces the launch of Connect Illinois, state’s largest broadband expansion initiative so far, from Geneseo.
As part of Connect Illinois, the governor’s plan to bring basic access to all communities by 2024, $50 million in grants will be given to 28 projects from across the state aimed at improving internet access in rural Illinois.
The governor made the announcement at Olson Acres Farms in Geneseo, where he was joined by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and grantee, Geneseo Communications.
According to the Pritzker administration, the $50 million in state grants will be matched by $65 million in nonstate funding for a total of $115 million, with plans to expand access for more than 26,000 homes, businesses, farms, and community institutions across Illinois.
The fund is part of the state’s $420 million broadband expansion plan, Connect Illinois. The plan, according to the administration, aims to improve access through an unprecedented capital investment and with the nation’s largest grant matching program.