Four Steps to Better Broadband in Your Community

Rural areas are often behind their urban counterparts in terms of internet connectivity. Lack of infrastructure and few options means the internet is often slow and expensive–if it exists at all. These are four simple steps which can have a positive impact on improving broadband accessibility in your community.

  1. Conduct and promote the Indiana Internet Speed Test. Helping to provide this data could mean helping yourself and your community in return. The Indiana Broadband Office uses this data to assess which areas have adequate internet access, and which areas they need to prioritize for investment the most. Visit to take a speed test and view connectivity information for your area on a map.    
  2. Submit challenges to the FCC’s National Broadband Map. Check the map for the address of your home and/or business by typing your info in the search box and viewing the results. If your address information is incorrect, submit a location challenge. If the information about available speeds or providers is incorrect, submit an availability challenge.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  3. Encourage the underserved to register their address in the Indiana Connectivity Program. “Underserved” means someone is experiencing internet speeds slower than 25 mpbs download and 3 mpbs upload. They should submit their addresses for a chance to be bid on by an ISP to provide service. If they are not able to register online or need help applying, have them call 463-946-4699. They will be connected directly to a representative who can help them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  4. Engage with your local Broadband Taskforce to find out how you can work together to bring better broadband to your community. Whether it’s helping to spread information about how to help get those eligible enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program, or looking for digital literacy resources, voicing your concerns to this group helps them know what digital resources are needed for their community.