Continuing to increase broadband access
Indiana’s Governor says work continues to increase broadband access in rural parts of the state.
Eric Holcomb tells Brownfield access to connectivity is just as important as a county road, an interstate, or a bridge.
“Increasingly on the family farm and in agriculture in general, data is driving the decisions that are made on where to grow and how to grow, at what scale, at what speed and the scope of it,” he says.
He says the funding has come through private partnerships, some through state grants, and some from federal dollars.
“Credit where credit is due—the federal government is about to really get involved into helping states further those connections those last miles, so to speak,” he says.
Holcomb says the deadline for states to have those plans submitted to the US Department of Commerce to request funds is December 27th.
“And we know our potential cut,” he says. “And we’re making sure our maps are validated right now feverishly. There’s a public comment period going on, but that’s up $868 million that will over the course of five years, help us build out those final miles throughout the state of Indiana in all 92 counties.”
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Author: Meghan Grebner