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Indiana Gov. Holcomb gives rural broadband a $100 million boost

Published by StateScoop on February 22, 2019

by Colin Wood 

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday a $100 million project to improve broadband access for the state’s rural residents.

The initiative, which is being branded as Next Level Broadband program, is part of a broader $1 billion infrastructure initiative announced by the governor’s office in September. The $100 million dedication represents the largest single broadband investment in the state’s history, according to Holcomb’s office.

“The internet is just as essential to Indiana’s prosperity today as highways were a century ago,” Holcomb said in a press statement. “By expanding access to affordable broadband, we’ll ensure more Hoosiers can use this business and personal necessity.”

The program will be overseen by the Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The state Department of Transportation will distribute funding and provide technical support.

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