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Gov. Holcomb Signs FIBRE Act Bringing High-Speed Internet To Rural Areas
Updated June 9, 2017 8:22 PM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - State Senator Eric Koch joined Gov. Eric Holcomb for signing of FIBRE Act.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated left) ceremonially signs Senate Enrolled Act 478, the Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion (FIBRE) Act, into law at the Statehouse Wednesday.

SEA 478 allows Indiana's rural electric cooperatives to provide high-speed Internet service to their members by permitting them to install fiber optic cables on their existing infrastructure over electric easements. State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford, seated right) authored the bill.

"Internet access has become essential to the American way of life. Similar to 80 years ago when most rural Hoosiers lived without electricity, much of rural Indiana still lacks quality internet options," said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives.

The legislation removes a barrier hindering the availability of the service and allows electric cooperatives to closely examine the feasibility meeting their member-owners' internet needs with existing infrastructure.

Indiana's electric cooperatives are dedicated to the communities they serve and their mission to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity.

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