Connect IL Grant Program
Welcome. In an effort to keep interested residents in surrounding communities up-to-date regarding Connect Illinois, Adams has established this section. It is our intention to inform and educate residents in potential under served areas about the state grant program, the application process, potential build-out plans as established, and funding initiatives.
As you may be aware, Governor Pritzker is committed to establishing Illinois as a leader when it comes to technology and innovation. Connect Illinois highlights that access to broadband is a critical component of staying ahead of the curve and will improve the lives of families, entrepreneurs, farmers and other Illinoisans who rely on high-speed broadband for everything from healthcare to education.
Governor Pritzker recently launched this statewide initiative, Connect Illinois, to expand broadband access across the entire state. Collectively, Connect Illinois includes a capital investment from Rebuild Illinois, the creation of a Broadband Advisory Council and Broadband Office, and a new program that will provide all Illinois public K-12 students access to high-speed broadband at no charge. The initiative also includes a $400 million broadband grant program and a $20 million capital program for the Illinois Century Network, a high-speed broadband network serving K-12 and higher education institutions, among others.
Adams is applying for grant funding from Connect Illinois and plans to match funds as awarded. To learn more, read our recent press release below. For more information on Connect Illinois click here.
- Spring 2021 Update
We are currently experiencing funding delays due to ongoing program challenges and are engaged in daily and weekly calls with the State of Illinois. We hope to have these issues resolved and worked out this year but construction delays into Spring 2022 could occur in some grant areas. It will take time to complete this multi-million dollar project in all of the pre-determined areas. Additional updates will be shared on this page regarding further fiber availability.
We sincerely thank you for your patience as we continue to undertake steps to bring fiber to underserved areas in our region.
- Adams Fiber Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Expansion Grant
Adams Fiber has been awarded over $4.9M from the Connect Illinois Broadband Grant Program. This grant will cover roughly 50 percent of a $10M total expansion project Adams has committed to in underserved local communities in Adams and Brown Counties.
This broadband access deployment is slated to begin in Spring of 2021 and will serve approximately 1,106 households, businesses, farms and anchor institutions in rural areas east of Quincy. The rural communities of Columbus, Payson, Richfield, Kingston, Liberty, Timewell and Adams will all benefit from this broadband access build. Burton will also benefit and is already slated to begin construction this summer.
Jim Broemmer, CEO, states, “Reliable and fast Internet access has never been more critical to community vitality, business growth, and personal health, wellness and success than it currently is. Fiber technology provides much needed resources for residents, local businesses, schools, and the region’s many agricultural operations. It will stimulate local economy and allow these areas to compete on state and national levels. Communities impacted will benefit from e-learning opportunities, work-from-home employment, and advanced telemedical care in rural areas. The profound economic impact of providing connectivity for these regions substantially improves quality of life for those impacted for decades to come.”
Residents interested in fiber expansion in their areas should fill out the form at followthefiber.net and encourage their neighbors to submit their interest as well. Adams will be reaching out to qualifying funded areas to begin the actual signup process.
Adams began their first fiber-to-the-home initiative in 2007 in the towns of Camp Point and Clayton. Adams expanded fiber into its Cooperative exchanges in 2009 which was completed in 2019. In 2014, fiber Internet access and phone service launched in Quincy. Since then, there are 95 Adams Fiberhoods in Quincy plus fiber-to-the-home in the surrounding areas of Barry, Bowen, Camden, Fowler, Perry, Payson, Liberty, Mt. Sterling, Plainville, Kinderhook, and Hull. Customers in these Fiberhoods are now enjoying Internet speeds up to 1,000 Mbps from a certified gig-capable local provider.
Connect Illinois is centered around three main outcomes: education, telehealth and economic development. It aims to provide universal access to basic broadband for homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions by 2024. You can view the funding areas on the state’s website here: http://illinois.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5cc319448a284a6e9933c02bb9e01143
Adams has over 68 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, providing telephone, television, and broadband Internet services in 28 communities where there was previously little or no coverage. The company is well known for business communication, Internet offerings and for investing in communities to further economic development.
- KHQA Interview
Sarah Rosenthal, with KHQA News, stopped by our Golden office this afternoon to chat with CEO Jim Broemmer in regards to Adams’ future plans to expand fiber services into additional rural communities. Click here to learn more.
- Interview with WGEM News
Our friends at WGEM News – The Tri-States’ News Leader stopped by our Golden, IL office today to interview Jim Broemmer, CEO. Our planned $10M broadband expansion during the first round of the Connect Illinois and Broadband ReConnect grant programs was discussed. Residents are encouraged to continue to submit their interest as there will be subsequent rounds of state and federal funding.