The Broadband Ready Communities Program was created by the State to encourage broadband development in Indiana. The program was established by IC 5-28-28.5.
What It Means to be Broadband Ready
Being a Broadband Ready Community means that our community has taken steps to create more broadband infrastructure investment. This designation doesn’t necessarily guarantee that Jefferson County will receive investment proposals. However, it does send a signal to area broadband partners and telecommunication providers that our county is open to discussions for new ideas on how to improve internet connectivity in order to bring reliable and affordable broadband to every county resident who desires it.
In January 2022, volunteer community leaders, as well as county commissioners and county council members, established the Jefferson County Broadband and Digital Inclusion Taskforce. The members of the Taskforce worked with commissioners to pass the ordinance to qualify for Broadband Ready Certification. On April 11, 2022, the governor's office and the Indiana Broadband Office announced that Jefferson County is certified as a Broadband Ready Community.
"We are ready and willing to work, prepare and develop a strategy to include our whole county for broadband service and to prepare our future for this technological step forward for the community," said Commissioner Ron Lee.
This certification, along with the coordinated efforts of the taskforce, elected officials, and residents can help ensure that Jefferson County does not get left behind as the rest of Indiana progresses in broadband connectivity.
Internet service providers who want to get in touch with the county regarding future broadband partnerships should refer to the contact information below or on the right hand side of the page: