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Broadband Ready Communities Program

The Broadband Ready Communities Program was created as a tool to encourage broadband development throughout Indiana by serving as an information resource and certifying local communities as being broadband ready. The program was established by IC 5-28-28.5.

The following local units of government have established the necessary procedures to be certified as : Certified Broadband Ready Communities

1. Town of Merrillville 2. Newton County 3. Jasper County 4. Starke County
5. Marshall County 6. Town of Etna Green 7. Noble County 8. Town of Larwill
9. Town of Churubusco 10. Town of South Whitley 11. Whitley County 12. City of New Haven
13. Benton County 14. Carroll County 15. Cass County 16. Huntington County
17. Warren County 18. Howard County 19. Blackford County 20. Montgomery County
21. Town of Zionsville 22. City of Muncie 23. Randolph County 24. Vermillion County
25. Parke County 26. Putnam County 27. Rush County 28. City of Rushville
29. Fayette County 30. Wayne County 31. City of Brazil 32. Owen County
33. Town of Spencer 34. Town of Nashville 35. Brown County 36. Greene County
37. City of Vincennes 38. Knox County 39. Martin County 40. City of Bedford
41. City of Mitchell 42. Jackson County 43. Switzerland County 44. Gibson County
45. Crawford County 46. Town of English 47. Floyd County 48. Posey County
49. Vanderburgh County 50. City of Boonville 51. Town of Dale 52. Town of Richland City
53. Town of  Santa Claus 54. City of Cannelton 55. DeKalb County 56. City of Greensburg
57. City of Wabash 58. Fulton County 59. Town of Ladoga 60. Clinton County
61. LaPorte County62. Porter County63. Pulaski County64. Tipton County
65. Town of Knightstown66. Harrison County67. Jefferson County68. Union County
69. Pike County70. Steuben County71. Shelby County72: Miami County
73: Daviess County74. City of Gary75. City South Bend 

If you would like more information about what procedures these communities followed, email our office: 

The following local units of government have established a Broadband Task Force

Taskforce Map

1. LaPorte County 2. Steuben County 3. Jasper County 4. Starke County
5. Marshall County 6. Kosciusko County 7. Noble County 8. Allen County
9. Pulaski County 10. Benton County 11. White County 12. Cass County
13. Carroll County 14. Wells County 15. Blackford County 16. Warren County
17. Tippecanoe County 18. Clinton County 19. Tipton County 20. Randolph County
21. Fountain County 22. Montgomery County 23. Hamilton County 24. Wayne County
25. Parke County 26. Putnam County 27. Rush County 28. Fayette County
29. Brown County 30. Bartholomew County 31. Decatur County 32. Greene County
33. Knox County 34. Daviess County 35. Martin County 36. Scott County
37. Switzerland County 38. Gibson County 39. Pike County 40. Dubois County
41. Crawford County 42. Harrison County 43. Posey County 44. Vanderburgh County
45. Warrick County 46. Spencer County 47. Porter County48. DeKalb County
49. Fulton County50. Huntington County51. Boone County52. Owen County
53. Jackson County54. Jennings County55. Jefferson County56. Dearborn County
57. Ohio County58. Floyd County59. City of Gary60. Shelby County
61. Miami County   

Are you aware of a community that has a leadership group not shown on the map? If so please contact

Broadband Development Resources

The following websites are helpful resources for communities and telecommunications companies seeking to develop broadband infrastructure in Indiana:

Broadband Ready Community Certification

The Broadband Ready Community certification sends a signal to the telecommunication industry that a community has taken steps to reduce barriers to broadband infrastructure investment. While investment in broadband infrastructure is not guaranteed to follow once a community obtains the certification, reducing the regulatory hurdles that deter investment is a key step towards creating an environment ripe for broadband investment.

A local unit of government will be certified as a Broadband Ready Community if it has established a broadband deployment procedure that complies with the statutory requirements listed in IC 5-28-28.5-7.

Eligibility & Process

Any community in Indiana pursuing improved broadband access is eligible for the Broadband Ready Community certification and may apply.

The Indiana Broadband Office will certify a unit as a Broadband Ready Community if it meets the following requirements:

Minimum Statutory Requirements
In order to comply with statutory requirements, a unit seeking the Broadband Ready Community certification must institute procedures that provide for:

  1. The appointment of a single point of contact for all matters related to broadband development projects
  2. The establishment of procedures to allow for the electronic submission of all forms, applications, and documentation required for a broadband development project
  3. A requirement that all permit applications are approved or denied within 10 business days after they are filed
  4. An assurance that all inspections related to a broadband project will be completed in a timely and expeditious manner

These procedures must also prohibit the unit from:

  1. Requiring the designation of a final contractor to complete a broadband project
  2. Imposing a fee to review an application or to issue a permit on a broadband project
  3. Imposing a seasonal moratorium on the issuance of permits for a project
  4. Discriminating among communications service providers

How to Apply

Use the link below to submit your application. If you have questions please contact the Indiana Broadband Office at

Model Ordinance/Resolution

One way a unit can comply with the requirements of state law is to pass a resolution or ordinance establishing permit procedures.

The State of Indiana, in collaboration with the telecommunications industry and local government representatives, has created a model ordinance to assist communities in this effort. The model ordinance satisfies the minimum requirements under IC 5-28-28.5-7.|

Model Ordinance/Resolution Language

Whereas, [the unit] seeks to promote private investment in broadband infrastructure, and Whereas [the unit] seeks to be designated as a Broadband Ready Community pursuant to IC 5-28-28.5, Therefore, [the unit] adopts the following:

An Ordinance For A Broadband Ready Community

Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "permit" means any local permit, license, certificate, approval, registration, or similar form of approval required by policy, administrative rule, regulation, ordinance, or resolution with respect to a project.

Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "project" means the construction or deployment of wireline or wireless communications facilities to provide communications services (as defined in IC 8-1-32.5- 3) in a unit.

Sec. 3. Notwithstanding any other provision of this [unit’s ordinance, regulation, policy or practice], the following shall apply to a project:

The applicable governing body of the unit shall:

(a) appoint a single point of contact for all matters related to a project’

(b) establish procedures to allow all forms, applications, and documentation related to a project to be filed or submitted and signed by electronic means;

(c) review and approve or reject all applications for a permit related to a project within ten (10) business days after an application is filed or submitted;

(d) assure that after an application is approved pursuant to subsection (a)(3), any inspections, including any additional necessary approvals, related to a project will occur in a timely and expeditious manner.

Sec. 4. [The unit or applicable department of the unit] shall adopt adequate processes and procedures to implement the provisions of Sec. 3. Processes and procedures established hereunder may not do the following:

(a) Require an applicant to designate a final contractor to complete a project;

(b) Impose a fee to review an application or issue a permit for a project;

(c) Impose a seasonal moratorium on the issuance of permits for a project;

(d) Discriminate among communications service providers or utilities with respect to any action described in this section or otherwise related to a project, including granting access to public rights-of-way, infrastructure and poles, river and bridge crossings, and any other physical assets owned or controlled by [the unit].

Contact us

Earnie Holtrey | Deputy Director of the Indiana Broadband Office
Indiana Broadband Office
Office of Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch 
Phone: (317) 775-2660