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Introduced House Bill (H)

DIGEST

Broadband development. Provides that a project to extend broadband service is eligible for a rural broadband grant if the project will extend terrestrial Internet service providing speeds of at least 100 megabits per second downstream (rather than 25 megabits per second downstream, under current law) and at least 10 megabits per second upstream (rather than three megabits per second upstream, under current law). Assigns the highest priority for rural broadband grants to projects that extend broadband service to areas in which Internet service is unavailable or in which the only available connections to the Internet are at speeds of less Broadband development. Provides that a project to extend broadband service is eligible for a rural broadband grant if the project will extend terrestrial Internet service providing speeds of at least 100 megabits per second downstream (rather than 25 megabits per second downstream, under current law) and at least 10 megabits per second upstream (rather than three megabits per second upstream, under current law). Assigns the highest priority for rural broadband grants to projects that extend broadband service to areas in which Internet service is unavailable or in which the only available connections to the Internet are at speeds of less than 25 megabits per second downstream (rather than 10 megabits per second downstream, under current law) and less than three megabits per second upstream. Provides a preference for awarding rural broadband grants to projects for which a local unit of government has committed to providing funding. Requires the office of rural and community affairs to publish on the office's Internet web site a map illustrating the availability, by census block, of eligible broadband service in Indiana not later than December 31, 2021. ... View more