(La Porte County, IN) - Officials are in the process of updating where the biggest need for adequate broadband coverage exists in La Porte County. A connectivity survey has been developed and residents are asked to fill out the surveys available at https://laporteco.in.gov/residents/broadband-task-force/. Hard copies are available at the Wanatah Public Library.
The purpose of the survey is to update the findings of a 2019 survey that identified where service gaps exist throughout the county. Tony Rodriguez, Executive Director of the La Porte County Office of Economic and Community Development, said it’s important to know where coverage is lacking when approaching service providers about the prospects of providing coverage to unserved areas.
“Data continues to be our greatest asset in our continued efforts to improve connectivity in La Porte County,” said La Porte County Commissioner Sheila Matias. Matias said the importance of having adequate high speed internet service was clearly demonstrated from the reliance on e-Learning in the schools and people working remotely during the pandemic. She said the task of everyone having access to adequate broadband is a “big lift” but cannot be ignored. “We must remain laser focused on this problem,” she said.
Rodriguez said there have been successes in providing adequate high speed service to new customers since the formation of the La Porte County Broadband Task Force in 2019. He said the need is still there but more successes are on the way.