About this Event
INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2023) – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs today announced more Hoosiers will gain access to high-speed broadband as a result of $842,865 awarded in the fifth round of the Indiana Connectivity Program.
ICP helps Hoosier residents and business owners, often in rural areas, obtain access to reliable broadband by assisting internet providers with the expense of extending its services to underserved locations of Indiana.
“Hundreds of new families and businesses will now have reliable internet access as a result of the Indiana Connectivity program,” said Lt. Gov. Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Broadband is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity in literally every facet of our lives. Through OCRA and programs like ICP, it’s our goal to make high-speed connectivity available in every corner of our state.”
Of the 216 addresses funded in ICP’s round five, 206 are households and 10 are businesses. Internet providers carrying out the projects are matching over $1.4 million for a total investment of more than $2.2 million. To find a list of providers granted funding, visit in.gov/ocra/broadband/icp.
“The Indiana Connectivity Program continues to bridge the gap for Hoosiers lacking reliable broadband access,” said OCRA Executive Director Denny Spinner. “It is encouraging to see 216 more homes and businesses will soon have quality internet access, providing numerous resources they did not previously have.”
The program accepts addresses on a rolling basis. Hoosiers and business owners lacking internet connectivity can communicate their interest by entering their address and information into the Next Level Connections portal at in.gov/ocra/broadband. Submitting location information into the Next Level Connections Broadband portal does not guarantee extension of service.
Broadband providers must complete their projects within nine months of the contract date. For more information, visit in.gov/ocra/broadband/icp.
Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development. For more information, visit ocra.in.gov.