A committee of the Vigo County, Ind., Council Wednesday voted to recommend a $2.84 million request to expand broadband service in the area, with funding from the county's Economic Development Income Tax fund.
(TNS) — A committee of the
The funding would come from the county's Economic Development Income Tax fund.
"In good faith to
"In good faith to our students and teachers, this is a smart move," he said. "We have entrepreneurs in New Goshen,
Switzer said many families of school children do not have access to broadband service, adding the COVID-19 pandemic may not allow students to return to schools yet this school year.
"This is just a small tidbit to make it easier to them....or we have something like this happen in the future," he said. "This shows good faith to state leaders that we working together as a community."
Joink's goal is to reach 191 community locations in its service area. There are 90 access points on 30 Vigo County school properties. Another 84 access points would be located in
Under the proposal,
The cost breakdown is $2,844,943 million for the county; $544,000 for the city of
Joink would connect small- to medium-sized businesses along routes where the fiber optic cable in installed, with long-range plans of eventually providing additional service to single-family homes in county subdivisions or in apartment complexes.
"We are not initially building service into a single-family service home under these extensions. I expect us to at some point in the future, but that is not in the current scope," Zuerner said.
"I don't want us to fall into the trap of believing that the only way to service a single-family home is extend fiber into that single-family home. That is the absolute most expensive way possible to service a home," he said.
"Joink has tremendous experience in utilizing fixed wireless, where we put transmitters on top of grain bins and poles" and other structures to distribute high speed internet. "It is conceivable that along routes we can install additional wireless transmitters that will send a wireless signal into people's homes, but that isn't a possibility until I have fiber near those potential transmitter locations, which this would provide.
"You have my commitment from me that Joink will work to find every way possible to get every bit of bang out of your buck on this investment," Zuerner said.
In other business, the committee also voted to approve an appropriation of $3,101,767 into a special general fund line item for state reimbursement through the CARES Act, which covers expenses connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding requests next go before the full
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