Governor signs Negele’s bill expanding rural broadband in Indiana

Governor signs Negele’s bill expanding rural broadband in Indiana

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Thursday, June 1, 2017 2:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (June 1, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb Thursday ceremonially signed State Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) bill into law helping to expand broadband service to rural areas of Indiana.

Currently, local governments seeking certification as a broadband-ready community must comply with specific requirements through the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. House Enrolled Act 1626 adds a guideline requiring broadband-ready communities to establish a plan to increase the number of broadband service subscribers in their area.

“Access to high-speed Internet is an important tool for small communities to attract new businesses and skilled workers,” Negele said. “Reliable broadband is also critical for rural schools as we continue to move toward more technology-based learning and testing options. This new law aims to increase broadband access throughout the state, while also requesting an in-depth study on the available resources for rural broadband expansion.”

Throughout the summer and fall months, lawmakers serve on interim committees to study assigned topics. Negele said the law tasks policymakers with examining the Universal Service Fund, which currently supports voice communication, and how it could be used to expand broadband in rural Indiana. 

Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about this law. 

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State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) represents all of Benton County, and portions
of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.

A high-resolution photo of Negele can be downloaded by clicking here.