76 percent more Hoosier households have broadband access than a decade ago

Professor Ranjan B. Kini shows broadband connections in a computer lab in 2012.

JIM BIS | THE TIMES

Only about 14 percent of Indiana households had access to 10 megabytes per second broadband internet in 2008, but that percentage has grown to 90 percent, according to the new Indiana Report on Broadband Progress.

The Indiana Broadband and Technology Association found that more than 6,500 square miles out of Indiana's 36,418 square miles have had access to broadband of at least 10 Mbps since 2010. That's fast enough to support two simultaneous HD quality streams, according to Nerd Wallet.

“Indiana has long been a leader in both telecommunications policy and technology advancements, and IBTA members have continually invested in building and improving the networks that serve this state. This report is clear evidence of that,” Indiana Broadband and Technology Association President John Koppin said. “In addition, this report shows how well we stack up against our neighboring states, especially when it comes to access to gigabit service and the use of fiber to deliver broadband.”

More than 100 telecommunications providers are providing broadband in Indiana, including DSL, cable modem, fiber-to-the-premises and fixed wireless. Hebron-based NITCO, for instance, is expanding fiber-optic cable to the Chesterton market.

“Telecommunications firms have been investing in Indiana’s communities and people for over 100 years, and that’s evident in urban and rural communities alike,” AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards said. “This report is an important look at how far we have come, and the work left to do.”

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