Policy Documents

An Interim Report on the Economic Impact of Telecommunications Reform in Indiana

Digital Policy Institute –
February 15, 2008

On March 14, 2006 Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) signed into law the state’s most comprehensive telecom reform bill (HEA 1279) in two decades.  An update and review of some of the early benefits since this legislation was passed is appropriate. ...

Deployment of broadband technology is a well established driver of economic growth. Fortunately, Indiana’s regulatory climate is generating increased competition and investment in all forms of digital communications. This leads to better job opportunities for Hoosiers: jobs that will keep our young people in Indiana, jobs that will continue to make our state a leader in the transition to the new global economy.  To date, over 2,200 new jobs have been created as a direct result of Indiana’s reform legislation. ...

Reform is driving capital investments in Indiana.  Telephone companies have reported investment of more than $516 million thus far in Indiana to bring high-speed broadband and video services to consumers during the past 18 months. ...

Indiana’s national standing as a leader in high-speed technology has expanded after the passage of telecommunication deregulation. As of January 28, 2008, the IURC had granted 36 certificates of franchise authority (CFA), with one application pending. This includes nine cable firms and 11 telephone companies. The legislation has helped facilitate new video and high-speed Internet competition throughout Indiana.