The Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County and the Harrison County Community Foundation are requesting proposals for the development of a Broadband Readiness and Infrastructure Deployment Plan. The partners say the pandemic has made it clear that additional high-speed internet infrastructure is needed.
The partners say the plan is intended to define minimum broadband internet, survey current broadband services available, determine best technology infrastructure, and identify actions and projects the community may utilize to promote the deployment of broadband infrastructure to address the lack of service in many parts of the community.
Lisa Long, president of the Chamber of Commerce, says the collaboration has resulted in more than 390 miles of fiber optic internet throughout the county.
“If not for the diligence and collaboration of all the partners involved, the expansion of broadband infrastructure would not be at the point it is today,” said Long. “The continued expansion and investment in sufficient and progressive broadband technologies may, in the future, be driven by and independent plan that can be utilized to evaluate future investment.”
Additionally, the partners say the plan will include the steps needed to become an Indiana Broadband Ready Certified Community. The plan will also help identify potential new and creative funding mechanisms.
“The Harrison County Community Foundation is honored to partner with the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County to create a Broadband Readiness Plan,” said Julie Moorman, president of the Community Foundation. “The events of the past year have highlighted even more the importance of broadband access for students, teachers, remote workers, employers and residents in our county. Our hope is this collaborative Broadband Readiness Plan will continue to move the meter on broadband development in Harrison County.”
You can connect to the complete request for proposals by clicking here. The deadline for submission is June 15.