WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Wabash Heartland Innovation Network received a grant from the Lilly Endowment to improve broadband services throughout North Central Indiana.
The two-year study will consist of finding broadband solutions for rural counties that have difficulty connecting to the internet.
WHIN is partnering with Watch Communications.
Those ten counties are Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Warren and White County.
WHIN Engineering Vice President Jack Stucky said high-speed internet is just as important for rural communities as it is for urban communities.
"Part of the challenge is to actually educate our communities, our rural areas, on how important it is for themselves, their kids, the next generation of young farmers and manufacturers to have internet access," stated Stucky.
The plan will focus on identifying key infrastructure needs as well as enabling broadband coverage to 80 percent of all ten counties.
WHIN Regional Development Vice President, Melinda Grismer said with the collaboration of local internet service providers this will help increase education as well as quality-of-life.
"And how important it is that our rural communities have the same access that our more urban centers do in terms of being able to access the internet for all kinds of things," said Grismer. "Such as for homework, for students, for businesses."