Whether it is for students trying to connect to their classes, patients receiving medical consultation, employees working from home or hopefuls embarking on new careers, more Hoosiers are in need of dependable broadband.

This session, House Republicans are working on legislation to ensure broadband reaches lesser-served areas of the state.

To help close the digital divide for Hoosier students, workers and employers, the House Republican Budget includes $250 million in broadband expansion grants. These grants are offered to providers and used to strengthen access to reliable and affordable internet service throughout Indiana.

Under another proposal, the Office of Rural and Community Affairs must consider deploying broadband to rural areas that are most in need when providing Next Level Connections grants.

In order to get broadband to more communities quicker, a bill would streamline the permitting process for broadband projects to help developers work across multiple counties without being tied up with inconsistent regulations from different communities.

As Indiana continues to reopen and spur economic growth and development, accessing reliable, affordable internet connection is more important than ever. Learn more about House Republican efforts to expand rural broadband at iga.in.gov.