The group was created to explore how Indiana might continue to attract more broadband investment so that all Hoosiers will have the tools they need to support existing enterprises, create small businesses, educate Indiana’s youth and connect rural Indiana to the rest of the world. Its mission is “to identify obstacles to rural broadband access and adoption, and to form a vision that will help move us towards even more connectivity throughout Indiana.”
"The Lt. Governor and I both come from rural areas and understand the importance of high speed, affordable and reliable Internet service to quality of life, education and economic development," said Rep. Koch, who serves as Chairman of the House Utilities & Energy Committee. "I look forward to working together with her and the other members of the Rural Broadband Working Group to find the solutions that will attract broadband investment in our rural areas."
The group will be co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Ellspermann and Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith. The first meeting will be hosted on Jan. 31, 2014.
Rep. Koch represents all or parts of Brown, Lawrence, Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.