Huntington County has been designated a Broadband Ready Community, the 50th Hoosier community to receive the designation. The branding, which is approved by the Indiana Broadband Office, means a community has removed barriers to encourage broadband development.
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs says the certification was approved following the Huntington County Commissioners adoption of a Broadband Ready Community ordinance.
“By making our permitting process more user-friendly to all development and by streamlining the broadband permitting process, Huntington County is welcoming expanded broadband throughout the county,” said Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall.
Wall says to compete for high quality development, along with talent attraction and retention, strong broadband connectivity is essential. The state created the tool to encourage development throughout Indiana.
“Huntington County’s designation comes at a great time as Indiana further invests in expanding broadband infrastructure,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch. “With $270 million available to invest in this critical infrastructure through our Next level Connections Broadband grant program, our administration remains focused on getting high-speed, reliable internet service to unserved and underserved Hoosiers.”