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Connectivity Program to Expand Broadband Access – Inside Indiana Business

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Indiana’s Connectivity Program has awarded more than $650,000 in grants to expand rural broadband access in 40 counties. The program, which launched last September, is designed to help more Hoosier residents and business owners connect to reliable high-speed internet.

The program allows homeowners and business owners without internet service or without internet service to request better connections.

“We are empowering Hoosiers and giving them a voice to express their need for broadband service, helping to extend broadband to more people across the state,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch. “This program is still available for Hoosiers to apply for, and I encourage them to submit their address.”

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs says the newly awarded funding will provide broadband access to 253 addresses, including 246 households and seven businesses. Internet providers carrying out the projects are paying more than $1.5 million for a total investment of $2.2 million.

“More than two hundred and fifty rural homes and businesses will soon have reliable Internet access thanks to this program,” said OCRA Executive Director Denny Spinner. “It will have a big impact on the daily lives of these Hoosiers, whether it’s being able to work and learn remotely, shop online or connect virtually with family and friends.”

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