Improving broadband access for Hoosiers

Improving broadband access for Hoosiers

Thursday, August 19, 2021

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has underscored our state's need for reliable internet, and Senate Republicans remain committed to expanding broadband access to underserved areas across the state.

To honor that commitment, our caucus worked to pass Senate Enrolled Act 377 this legislative session, which created the Indiana Broadband Connectivity Program. Under SEA 377, Hoosiers who have little to no access to reliable internet may submit their address to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). This alert will provide OCRA with the information needed to effectively develop and advance broadband access across the state.

In addition to this new law, applications are now open for the third round of the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program. This latest round will provide $270 million for local communities to strengthen their broadband infrastructure.

The Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program compensates for the high cost associated with deploying and installing broadband infrastructure to Hoosier households, businesses and community anchor institutions, such as schools and health clinics.

It is vital that the state continues to invest in broadband development as we strive to be a great place to live, work and raise a family.

To submit a lack of reliable internet access, click here.

For additional information and to apply for the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant, click here.