CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Carroll County is seeking to become "Broadband Ready Certified" by the Indiana Broadband Office. The county would join Benton, Cass, Jasper and Newton counties in earning the certification.
In order to be certified, the county must pass ordinances that help to speed up project processes. Some of these requirements include the use of electronic forums, responding to permits within 10 days, and banning discrimination between service providers.
Carroll County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Jake Adams believes broadband providers will be quick to follow the certification.
"Hopefully once the ordinance gets moved through that we're able to realize what that investment is and see the service providers take hold of our strategy," Adams said.
He says broadband internet will give Carroll County a leg up on communities.
"We understand and businesses understand that having direct fiber connection, homes understand it, that that's going to put us one sep ahead of other communities that don't," Adams said.
The importance of broadband access expands beyond businesses, according to County Council Vice President Tim Radcliff. He says residents are in critical need of reliable high speed internet.
"You now as a resident myself, I struggle with a good reliable solution not only for me but you know for my children who are trying to do homework and remote schooling," Radcliff said. "I think this means more than maybe any other initiative that we could be looking at when you talk about the direct implication of a resident of Carroll County."
County commissioners have passed an initial reading of the ordinance. Once it is fully passed, the county will be eligible to be Broadband Ready Certified.