Episode 39

How Indiana is Leading the Country in Broadband Opportunities


October 29th, 2018

32 mins 19 secs

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About this Episode

On this episode, we interview Scott Rudd, who works for Indiana's Lieutenant Governor's office as the Director of Broadband Opportunities. We discuss how Indiana is leading the country in driving innovation with broadband access. As well, we interview

Scott's work in Brown County got the attention of the state, where he's been hired to help transform the broadband accessibility in our state. Scott wworks closely with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to work with farmers and farm businesses within the community on ways to make sure they are keeping up with the advancing technology that will keep the agriculture industry thriving.

Scott also works closely with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to collaborate with communities and identify the best ways to attract reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet to rural Indiana. As a part of the task set forth for the director of broadband opportunities, Rudd is working with OCRA on their Broadband Readiness Plan in the Community Development Block Grant Planning Grants program.

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  • Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs — OCRA works with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to aid communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community economic development. A privilege of our agency is to award grants to fund public gathering places, fix water/sewer infrastructures, restore historic structures, build community facilities and revitalize commercial districts. These funds help communities improve their quality of life and ensure the health and safety of their citizens.
  • Xiber — Headquartered in Indianapolis with facilities in 18 states, Xiber LLC provides high-performing network and Internet services across the nation. Our firm specializes in multi-format transport and access networks that help us provide services quickly and cost-effectively. Whether you’re a MDU operator, commercial business, service provider, or small cell operator, we will not only provide you with network services unavailable by the incumbent carriers, we will do it quickly and with great SLAs. We bring extensive experience and professionalism to every build and customize our SLA to your individual needs and application.