TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Officials want to expand internet access to underserved areas of Tippecanoe County.
County commissioners are submitting a proposal for a $250,000 grant to add internet hotspots to low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.
Grant facilitator Sharon Hutchinson says the hotspots could be located at common areas such as schools and community centers.
"For people to be able to drive up to certain buildings or facilities that would have a hot spot access, so not only could you do your school work on it, but you cold do job applications or other things that other people need to do online," she says.
Hutchinson says enhanced internet access is a huge need in the community during the pandemic.
"Not only are the schools doing e-learning, there's a lot of areas, there's pockets in the county that don't have the internet access, so if people are trying to go online and apply for jobs or apply for access to needs that they have, they can do that at these hotspots," she says.
A public hearing on the grant is scheduled for February 16th immediately following the commissioners meeting at 10 a.m.