Ober looks to expand high-speed internet service in rural areas

INDIANAPOLIS — The House of Representatives today voted in support of State Rep. Dave Ober’s (R-Albion) bill that tasks the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission with studying where broadband services should be expanded in the state.

The study would include an evaluation of the parts of the state that are currently without high-speed internet access, which is faster than the traditional dial-up service. The IURC would then look at increasing the minimum speed of broadband services in underserved areas.

“High-speed internet service is becoming more integral for employers, consumers, students and governments,” said Ober, chair of the House Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications. “Those without broadband access because of where they live can find themselves further behind than their counterparts in more urban areas. Internet capabilities impact much of our daily lives, from submitting homework to doing business, and all Hoosiers deserve to be on the same playing field.”

House Bill 1065 can now be considered by the Senate. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.