In this day and age, having access to reliable internet is imperative. Some Hoosiers use the internet for work, but our reliance on the internet touches many different facets of our lives, such as our finances, health care and education. While our state has put many resources toward improving our broadband infrastructure, we have struggled getting reliable broadband access to unserved and underserved communities. When this was joked about by Sen. Lindsey Graham during a congressional hearing when a Hoosiers’ Zoom connection was going in and out, I immediately knew we had to do more.

This session, I authored Senate Enrolled Act 377, which now allows homeowners and business owners to apply for consideration for the Indiana Connectivity Program. The program allows applicants to report their lack of broadband access to the state with a phone call, letter or submission through an online portal. This will help the state identify where broadband expansions or improvements are needed to better serve all Hoosiers.

Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington, represents District 17 in the Indiana State Senate.