The Indiana Broadband Office has designated the city of Gary as an official Broadband Ready Community. The Broadband Ready Communities Program aims to encourage broadband development throughout the Hoosier State.
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch says the designation sends a signal to the telecommunication industry that a community is working to reduce barriers to broadband infrastructure investment.
“It is communities like Gary that are trailblazing and making a difference within the connectivity space,” Crouch said in a written statement. “The many cities, counties and towns throughout the state that are collaborating on behalf of their citizens never ceases to amaze me. Congratulations to leaders in the City of Gary who are taking steps to further broadband investment in the area.”
The certification was approved by the broadband office following the city’s adoption of a Broadband Ready Community ordinance.
“We are excited to have the State of Indiana designate and certify Gary as a Broadband Ready Community. The City of Gary has worked diligently in providing online digital services in licensing and permitting,” said Gary Mayor Jerome Prince. “Just this past month Gary was awarded The Government Experience Project Award by the Center for Digital Government for our Gary Online service. This is another step in our progress of striving towards affordable broadband coverage for all the citizens of Gary.”