Project Broadband Breakthrough is led by ISA and the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, with funding provided by the United Soybean Board. Program collaborators include the Center for Rural Strategies, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Broadband, the University of Illinois Extension, the University of Illinois Broadband Lab, the Illinois Innovation Network, Illinois State University, and the Wireless Research Center.
In the initial launch of this program, the teams are collaborating with community members in Schuyler, Edgar, Ogle, Hancock, and McLean Counties.
Program leaders are educating community team members how to get involved, providing guidance to develop their plan and submit a proposal to provide reliable and affordable broadband access to every citizen in their receptive counties.
The five cohorts are building their county broadband proposals through research by identifying and contacting broadband providers that service other areas of their county, as well as designing and deploying countywide broadband surveys.