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State broadband director appointed to federal committee

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State of IndianaScott Rudd, Indiana’s director of broadband opportunities, was appointed to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, which operates under the Federal Communications Commission.

“Indiana is at the forefront of increasing broadband access across the state, and the federal government has taken that into consideration and asked Scott to join the broadband committee,” Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said. “His work on accelerating the deployment of high-speed Internet across the country will help our administration's goal of connecting rural Indiana to the rest of the world.”

Crouch has been leading the efforts in increasing broadband access across the state through various methods including hiring the director of broadband opportunities in August 2018. Additionally, Crouch implemented a broadband planning grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

Crouch also is a part of the administration's Next Level Connections program, which allocates $100 million to providers looking to increase their access across the state.

The federal advisory committee will address how to best improve broadband infrastructure before a disaster occurs and how to use strategies during and after the response to a disaster to minimize broadband network downtime. The committee also will encourage the deployment of high-speed broadband infrastructure and services to low-income communities.


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