first_imgStatewide—Applications for the second round of the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant program are now open.Established by the General Assembly in 2019, the $100 million Next Level Broadband program is the largest single-state investment in broadband and works to ensure reliable and affordable broadband service is available to all areas of our state.Broadband providers and utility cooperatives can apply for up to $5 million to expand service to unserved areas if they provide a minimum 20% match of the total allowable project costs. Unserved areas are those without at least one telecommunication provider offering internet fast enough to provide the most basic services – at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.In order to apply, applicants must first submit a letter of intent including a list of census blocks the project would serve. Click here for more information on the Next Level Broadband initiative.last_img