House Bill 1534, authored by Rep. Koch, would bring wireless telecommunications infrastructure to rural Indiana at no cost to taxpayers by:
"My goals are to improve cellular telephone service in and bring wireless Internet service to rural Indiana," said Rep. Koch. "Many parts of our state still do not have high-speed Internet access or reliable cellular service. All Hoosiers deserve the quality of life and economic development advantages offered by these technologies.
"In addition to achieving these goals, this legislation would generate revenue for the state, shareholders of energy utilities, and rural landowners from telecommunications companies deploying wireless infrastructure."
Rep. Koch serves House District 65, which includes parts of Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence Counties. He is a member of the House Commerce, Energy, Technology & Utilities Committee and is the assistant Republican caucus chairman.