RUSH COUNTY – Rush County is rolling out the welcome mat to telecommunications companies as it seeks to bridge the digital divide. The Rush County Board of Commissioners has issued a Request for Proposals from internet service providers to partner with the county to improve broadband service.

Rush County, which has been designated a Broadband Ready Community by the Indiana Economic Development Corp., says money has been earmarked to assist in broadband infrastructure improvements.

The Rush County Connect Broadband Task Force says it commissioned GEO Partners LLC to collect data from residents about their broadband speeds. The data was used to create GIS layered maps to pinpoint  areas in the most need.

“This data has been particularly important to document unserved/underserved areas, highlighting the gaps in broadband service. Rush County must have better connectivity to sustain and thrive.” Said Mark McCorkle, broadband task force co-chair.

The RFP is due by October 22.