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Homeowners and business owners have little time left to apply for the Indiana Connectivity Program. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs say the first deadline is November 28 for those interested in broadband service.

The program was launched in September and is designed to provide broadband service for people and businesses in rural parts of the state where providers typically do not provide access.

A location must have access to actual speeds of less than 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload to be eligible. Those interested can submit information online throuh the Next Level Connections portal at in.gov/ocra/broadband.

“Access to broadband has become increasingly important for Hoosiers, especially in the wake of the pandemic,” Crouch said. “The Indiana Connectivity Program aims to bring improved internet access to more Hoosiers. This round we have had applicants from all 92 counties, and I encourage more individuals lacking reliable broadband to apply before the program’s first round deadline later this month.”

OCRA Executive Director Denny Spinner says registration for the program will continue past the first deadline.

“All Hoosiers deserve to have access to reliable broadband, and this program will help us get one step closer to making that a reality. If you are lacking internet access, apply today to ensure you are included in the first round of the new program,” said Spinner.