Second cohort of Accelerate Illinois Broadband Infrastructure Program selected

Heartland Forward and the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society today announced the six communities selected to participate in the second cohort of the Accelerate Illinois Broadband Infrastructure Planning Program, which is administered in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The newest cohort of participants include: Bond County, Kankakee County/Pembroke CDC, Kaskaskia College area, Livingston County, Ogle County and Peoria/Woodford Counties.

Building on the success of the first cohort, which included the City of Springfield, Jackson County, Knox County, Mercer County, Whiteside County and the Village of Elsah, the second cohort will participate in a 14-week intensive training program to help leaders from participating communities develop broadband plans to address their unique local needs. The training will position them to effectively leverage newly available state and federal broadband infrastructure funding.

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Rural LISC Partners With Heartland Forward To Map Uptake In Emergency Broadband Benefit, Help Target Outreach For New Federal Affordable Connectivity Program In 2022

Today, Rural LISC launched a new tool developed in collaboration with Heartland Forward that maps 2021 enrollment in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program and helps target enrollment efforts for the new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that replaced EBB at year’s end. The mapping tool, built by Liz Lima, a current American Connection Corps Fellow sponsored by Heartland Forward, is designed to aid Rural LISC digital navigators and other partner organizations in identifying the communities that can benefit most from outreach and awareness of the new federal discount on internet service for low-income households.

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Heartland Forward and League of United Latin American Citizens Announce Partnership to Increase Latino Enrollment in Emergency Broadband Benefit [English/Spanish]

Heartland Forward and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) announced a new partnership to lead on-the-ground advocacy and enrollment efforts to help connect Latino households to affordable internet through the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program. The collaboration includes $50,000 in funding from Heartland Forward for LULAC to distribute on-the-ground outreach and enrollment activities to its local councils across the heartland states.

Hoy, Heartland Forward y la Liga de Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos Unidos (LULAC) anunciaron una nueva colaboración para liderar los esfuerzos en promover e inscribir a hogares hispanos para servicios de Internet a través del Programa de Beneficios de Banda Ancha de Emergencia (EBB, por sus siglas en inglés) de la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCCc, por sus siglas en inglés). La colaboración incluye una contribución de $50,000 de Heartland Forward para que LULAC lo distribuya a sus consejos locales en los estados del llamado “heartland” o corazón del país, para actividades de promoción e inscripción.

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