Lt. Gov. Crouch, Indiana Broadband Office designate Town of Knightstown as a Broadband Ready Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2022

Indiana Broadband

From the office of Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, 1 North Capital Ave., Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Lt. Gov. Crouch, Indiana Broadband Office designate Town of Knightstown as a Broadband Ready Community

INDIANAPOLIS (March 15, 2022) – Today, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Broadband
Office announced that the Town of Knightstown is now designated as an official Broadband
Ready Community. The Broadband Ready Communities Program was created as a tool to
encourage broadband development throughout Indiana.

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.

“Our Hoosier communities are celebrated for taking the necessary steps to obtain high-speed
and reliable internet service for their citizens and businesses,” Crouch said. “The Town of
Knightstown is recognized as a community that is getting things done. We applaud your efforts
on earning the Broadband Ready Community certification.”

The certification was approved by the Indiana Broadband Office following the Knightstown
Town Council’s adoption of a Broadband Ready Community ordinance.

“Knightstown has a unified vision to pave the way for providing broadband as a necessary social
infrastructure for our community. Broadband access provides far reaching opportunity for
improving the overall well-being of citizens as well as promotes economic development as a
destination on the National Road,” said Knightstown Town Council President Sarah Ward. “We
want to do our part in lessening the broadband gap in the immediate area and are proud to
become the first Certified Broadband Ready Community in Henry County.”

Indiana Broadband Office’s Project Manager, Earnie Holtrey, describes Knightstown as an
integral part in connecting all Hoosiers.

“Knightstown joins nearly 70 other Indiana cities, towns and counties as a Broadband Ready
Community,” Holtrey said. “Each of these communities, including the leadership of
Knightstown, are working to connect all Hoosier communities with reliable internet and
broadband investment. Congratulations!”

Via 2020 legislation, the Broadband Ready Community Program was transitioned from the
Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to the Office of Community and Rural
Affairs (OCRA). IBO began the day-to-day management of the Broadband Ready Community
Program on July 1, 2020. For more information, visit in.gov/indianabroadband.

Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as the Secretary of
Rural Development, the Indiana Broadband Office (IBO) mission is to assist residents in need of
affordable and reliable broadband connectivity. This mission of reaching Hoosiers where they live, work
and play is accomplished by communicating with stakeholders, providing resources to a diverse
audience, and leveraging established relationships with elected officials, associations, and providers.
For more information, visit in.gov/broadband.

Earnie Holtrey, Project Manager | 317.775.2660 | eholtrey@ocra.in.gov

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