Indiana Program to Connect Individual Hoosiers, Businesses to Internet Services

The Indiana Connectivity Program allows individuals and businesses to apply for an Internet service, filling the gaps left by a larger Indiana broadband grant program.  - FILE PHOTO: Justin Hicks/IPB News

The Indiana Connectivity Program allows individuals and businesses to apply for an Internet service, filling the gaps left by a larger Indiana broadband grant program.

FILE PHOTO: Justin Hicks/IPB News

More than 200 Hoosier households and companies will receive sufficient internet via a new state initiative.

That’s made possible by the first round of funding — powered by federal dollars — from the Indiana Connectivity Program.

Under the governor’s existing broadband subsidy program, utilities are asking the state for money to expand coverage. The Indiana Connectivity Program allows individual people and businesses to apply for Internet service and fill the gaps left by the larger grant program.

Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch said Internet access is about more than just economic development.

“It’s also about health and it’s about education,” Crouch said.



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Jim Parsons is one of the people who gets internet through the program. He is a regional sales manager who works from home. He said that finally getting internet access means “everything”.

“Just like getting electricity with our great-grandparents in our area,” Parsons said.

Funding for the program comes from President Joe Biden’s US bailout, last year’s COVID-19 stimulus bill.


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