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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:56 pm

Broadband applicants sought

The Journal Gazette

Applications will be accepted starting next week for a new program designed to help more Hoosiers get access to reliable and quality broadband.

Homeowners and business owners can apply for consideration for the Indiana Connectivity Program, which opens for applicants on Monday, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced Tuesday.

The plan is to connect residents and businesses that lack internet access with service providers and assist in the expense of extending broadband to unserved and underserved locations, a news release said.

"The last year and a half has shined a light on the severe importance of having everyone connected," Crouch said in a statement. "This program is a path to bring service to households and businesses that are in internet darkness or have speeds that are not meeting the demands on our students who are eLearning or our workforce teleworking."

Residents and business owners can communicate their interest by entering their address and information into the online Next Level Connections portal at in.gov/ocra/broadband.

Another option is to call starting Monday the Indiana Broadband Connect Center, which is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on business days. The call center number is 833-639-8522.


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