State Boosts Broadband Focus

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(Image courtesy of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.) (Image courtesy of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.)
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In an effort to ramp up its focus on broadband access, the state has launched a search for a director of broadband opportunities. The newly-created position will create a single point of contact to deal with the federal government, industry, academia and other stakeholders connected to broadband topics and issues. A key area of focus is boosting access in rural Indiana, which Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch calls the state's "next great economic development frontier."

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Crouch said the new position and the broadband focus are about extending the same opportunities to Hoosiers in communities of all sizes. "The lack of quality and affordable broadband in rural Indiana is an issue that is regularly brought to my attention as I am visiting these communities," she said. "When educators, businesses and local government have access to high-speed broadband, education, economic development and services can thrive."

Crouch says the concept of developing the director of broadband opportunities position has been an on-going topic of conversation between the governor and her for the last year. Once hired after a nationwide search, the director will work within the lieutenant governor's office as a liaison inside and outside the state. Oversight by her office is the right fit, she says, because her responsibilities include serving as secretary of agriculture and rural development, chairing the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council and heading up five state agencies. You can connect to more about the position by clicking here.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch said the new position and the broadband focus are about extending the same opportunities to Hoosiers in communities of all sizes.
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