La Porte County Designated as Broadband Ready

La Porte County Designated as Broadband Ready

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Broadband Office announced that La Porte County is now designated as an official Broadband Ready Community. The Broadband Ready Communities Program was created as a tool to encourage broadband development throughout Indiana.

The certification sends a signal to the telecommunication industry that a community has taken steps to reduce barriers to broadband infrastructure investment.

“Congratulations to the La Porte County Board of Commissioners on this significant milestone and for taking the steps to prioritize broadband investment,” Crouch said. “This past year proved great success for the Broadband Ready Community Program and we anticipate another great year in 2022.”

The certification was approved by the Indiana Broadband Office following the La Porte County Commissioners adoption of a Broadband Ready Community ordinance.

“We are thankful for the vision and commitment that the State of Indiana and Lt. Governor Crouch has demonstrated by creating this designation. This designation sends a clear message about La Porte County’s focus on addressing this complex issue which affects quality of life and our growth potential,” said Sheila Matias, President of the La Porte County Board of Commissioners. “Our volunteers on the La Porte County Rural Broadband Task Force are all pulling in the same direction and have contributed countless hours to move our community’s broadband analysis forward.”

According to Earnie Holtrey, Project Manager at the Indiana Broadband Office, La Porte County is the first Broadband Ready Community certified in 2022.

“Congratulations to La Porte County for starting the year off strong and for setting your community and our state up for further broadband access,” Holtrey said.

Via 2020 legislation, the Broadband Ready Community Program was transitioned from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). IBO began the day-to-day management of the program on July 1, 2020.  For more information, visit in.gov/indianabroadband.

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