Ind. creates 'superhighway'
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Sep 04, 2000
The information superhighway will meet the asphalt highway in Indiana. The
state is accepting bids from companies to use the right of way along the
157-mile stretch of the Indiana Toll Road to install a high-speed, broadband
telecommunications infrastructure. The state hopes to select a vendor in
Officials say it's the first such effort in the state to open up interstate
rights of way. "The idea is that if there's access, it will benefit schools,
businesses, everybody," said Cheryl Reed, a spokeswoman for Indiana Gov.
State officials said installing new telecommunications routes will support
broadband networking applications for state and local governments, universities,
colleges, schools, libraries and rural health networks. It also could allow
for future electronic toll-collection facilities and other computerized
Three state agencies — the Indiana Transportation Finance Authority,
which owns the toll road; the Indiana Department of Transportation; and
the Intelenet Commission, the state's technology advisory panel — worked
on the project. Approved bidders will be given nonexclusive access to the
right of way in exchange for reasonable compensation, Reed said.