broadband 072021CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is pleased to congratulate the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on receiving a $50,000 grant to improve its internet access and speeds.

The funding is part of the state's Regional Engagement for Adoption and Digital Equity program, which looks to expand digital access to communities throughout Illinois.

“High speed internet is a necessity for economic growth and our ability to help bridge the digital divide,” Bennett said. “This investment will give us the ability to deliver a high-quality education and give the U of I the opportunity to make a huge difference in our community.”

The inaugural READY program has $200,000 already awarded to four regional entities to accelerate progress in eliminating the digital divide. The program is meant to fuel local efforts to increase digital equity for homeowners and citizens who lack access to high-speed internet.

The READY grantees may use funds to expand immediate broadband connectivity, conduct outreach and engagement to identify current digital inequities, and establish next steps toward creating a digital inclusion ecosystem. More information on the broadband access grants is available on the DCEO website.