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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.

        


  • October 2021 Update

    When we first announced Adams was an awardee for Round 1 of the Connect Illinois Broadband Grant, our goal was to start construction in 2021. At this time, our grant agreement has not been executed and no funding has been received.

    Following the original announcement, unforeseen circumstances have arisen. Setbacks include this being a brand-new state program being implemented with multiple State Departments involved, material shortages, and shipping delays.

    We do not see the program being fully implemented in 2021. Once all departments in the State of Illinois have their processes in place, it will create a smooth transition from that point on.

    Our goal has always been to make this project our number one priority, and we continue to work with the state to move this project forward.

    You may have also noticed the fiberhood names and boundaries have been adjusted for areas included in the Connect Illinois Broadband Grant Program on our website. These were made to streamline our internal systems and do not impact the grant program or build-out schedule. Boundaries were expanded to include additional locations and some smaller areas were combined to reduce the number of fiberhoods.

             

  • Connect Illinois Virtual Town Hall Recap

    We were excited that many of you were able to attend the Connect Illinois Virtual Town Hall hosted by Jim Broemmer, Adams CEO, via Zoom on Thursday, July 29, 2021!

    Here is a brief summary of the long-awaited updates on this multi-million dollar expansion project, timelines and expectations for pre-determined build-out areas.

    Connect Illinois Broadband Grant Program 

    Why is it taking so long? 

    • New program requirements 
    • Brand new program for the state to work through 
    • Latest issues are material shortages and shipping delays 

    Construction Goals 

    • Small segments may see construction activity in the Fall of 2021 
    • Construction may begin late Spring of 2022 
    • Project should be completed in 2022 if no unforeseen issues arise with receipt of project materials

    USDA ReConnect Grant Program 

    Why is it taking so long? 

    • Working with United States Dept. of Agriculture and federal government takes time 
    • Changes in administration, reduced staff, COVID-19, required redesign and taking project to bid 

    Construction Goals 

    • Project should be started and completed in 2022 if no unforeseen issues arise with receipt of project materials

    Continue to follow progress updates on our Connect Illinois Grant Program page on our website.

    We sincerely thank you for your patience as we continue to undertake steps to bring fiber to underserved areas in our region.                  

    Best regards,

    The Adams Fiber Team

  • Connect Illinois Virtual Town Hall

    Plan to attend the Connect Illinois Virtual Town Hall hosted by Jim Broemmer, Adams CEO, via Zoom on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 6 pm!

    Get long-awaited updates on the multi-million dollar expansion project, discuss timelines and expectations for pre-determined build-out areas, and address any questions you currently have about the state funded grant program.

    Pre-register here now! You will then receive meeting info to join online with a computer or tablet or simply call in and listen.

    You can also continue to follow progress updates on our Connect Illinois Grant Program page on our website.

    We sincerely thank you for your patience as we continue to undertake steps to bring fiber to underserved areas in our region.       

  • 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.