The Indiana Broadband Office has designated Porter County as a broadband ready community. The designation signifies the county has reduced barriers to allow for broadband infrastructure investment.
Porter County Board of Commissioners President Jeff Good says becoming broadband ready is important to expanding high-speed internet service to rural parts of the county.
“This designation cuts the red tape for broadband providers so they will be more likely to expand their services to schools, students, at-home workers, farmers, small businesses and residents in unincorporated parts of the county,” said Good.
The Indiana Broadband Office approved Porter County’s certification following the Porter County Commissioners adopting a Broadband Ready Community ordinance.
Porter County Commissioner and chair of the Broadband Task Force Laura Blaney says Porter County has taken a step in the right direction.
“COVID clearly demonstrated our shortcomings in the area of broadband connectivity. Until every Porter County resident has acceptable broadband access our job will not be complete,” said Blaney.