COVID-19 Resources for Local Governments

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In the wake of novel virus COVID-19, local governments play a crucial role in working to reduce the spread of the virus, providing vital information on response to the community, and responding to the impacts of this virus in their community.


Indiana local government associations and Purdue Extension have come together to provide a central hub of educational resources for local governments as they work to keep their community healthy, safe, and well-informed. This page will be updated regularly with appropriate resources and webinars on COVID-19 for Indiana local governments.


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Regionalism & Economic Recovery: Virtual Panel on Indiana’s Budget & Regional Economic Development

May 4, 2021

9:00 am-10:30 ET/8:00 am-9:30 am CT

National, state and local experts & officials discuss regional economic development in Indiana, priorities & opportunities in the new state budget.


How Indiana Communities Can Leverage the American Rescue Plan

April 20, 2021


Presented by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Accelerate Indiana Municipalities, Association of Indiana Counties and Indiana Association of Regional Councils, Bruce Katz presents valuable information for our Indiana communities on the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds outlined in the American Rescue Plan. ARP provides $1.28 billion in local fiscal relief for Indiana local units of government. This historic investment allows for meaningful investments in communities and allows more than 3.5 years for communities to strategically plan for and deploy the funds.


Leadership: Navigating Grant Opportunities

June 25, 2020


Many Indiana communities are on track with pandemic recovery efforts but may feel their needs are greater than available resources.  This webinar will help you navigate available grant opportunities, focusing on creating collaborative partnerships between local governmental units and non-profit organizations in your community.  A panel discussion will explore reasons for creating and growing these grant collaborations as a means for impacting local communities.

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Community Recovery Workbook Webinar

May 21, 2020

A coalition of statewide organizations recently published a Community Recovery Workbook to assist communities in organizing efforts to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. The workbook is intended to provide guidance for community stakeholders in assessing organizational capacity, prioritizing community needs, and creating a plan for community recovery.

This webinar assists community stakeholders, individuals, or teams, in accessing and understanding how to utilize the workbook and the planning process.

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Economic Outlook Update

May 20, 2020

In this On Local Government webinar, we take a look at what we know about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the national and Indiana economy and how this could impact Indiana communities’ and local governments.

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Breakout Notes

DLGF and SBOA Q&A for Township Governments, ITA and Purdue Extension

May 19, 2020

DLGF and SBOA representatives answer questions about state agency directives related to the State’s declared emergency and the impact on township government/operations.

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AIC Cares Act Funding, AIC

May 18, 2020

David Bottorff gives information about the CARES Act and the $300 million Governor Holcomb is allocating to reimburse COVID-19-related expenses of local governments.

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Local Government COVID-19 Roundtables

Some local Purdue Extension Community Development Educators are offering a time for regional leaders to meet through Zoom to share information, questions, and ideas with each other in terms of COVID-19 impact and response. These are open meetings. No registration required.


East Central Indiana

2nd Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. ET
Contact: Cheri Brown,
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Northwest Indiana – Lake, LaPorte, and Porter counties

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. CT
Contact: Mary Foell,
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DLGF Webinar for Township Governments, ITA and Purdue Extension

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 11:00 a.m. ET


This session will include a general overview of the directives from the Department of Local Government Finance related to the State’s declared emergency and the impact on township government/operations. Plenty of time will be allotted to address questions submitted by townships for the DLGF.

Frank Mrvan – ITA President
Debbie Driskell – ITA Executive Director
Wes Bennett – DLGF Commissioner

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Adapting to COVID-19, National VOAD

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET


NVOAD will be hosting its first COVID-19 Webinar “Adapting to COVID-19: Voluntary Organization Best Practices.” The webinar will be a moderated panel consisting of five representatives from five different National Members.

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COVID-19 Response Program webinar and CDBG Public Hearing, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs

Wednesday, April 1 (Completed)

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In order to provide further detail and an avenue to answer questions on the new COVID-19 Response Program, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs is hosting a webinar. This webinar will be recorded, and once concluded, will be available to view on our website.

The updated draft of the FY 2020 CDBG Method of Distribution, as well as an amendment to the FY 2019 Action Plan, is now available online. Public comment is currently being accepted for both drafts via email through April 10.

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

A public hearing will be held to discuss both documents. Visit our website for instructions on how to join the public hearing. Please submit any comment or question to

If you have any questions related to each of these webinars, please email

COVID-19 Webinar Series, Accelerate Indiana Municipalities

March-April 2020 (Completed)


AIM has made recordings to all of the COVID-19 related webinars available to anyone. These webinars are created for city and town officials, but cover topics that are often salient to all local governments. The following webinars are available:

  • Human Resources
  • Operating your Water/Wastewater Utilities during a Pandemic
  • State Board of Accounts
  • Open Door Law
  • Q & A Regarding Governor Holcomb’s Executive Orders
  • Indiana Bond Bank Resources
  • Emergency Paid Leave and Other HR Questions
  • Using Social Media and Other Strategies to Communicate with your Citizens

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Libraries and the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, Indiana Library Federation

Saturday, March 14 (Completed)


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«Представьте, что вы дарите кому-то дорогую бутылку вина с несколькими пластиковыми стаканчиками, из которых можно пить, — это немедленно обесценивает подарок. Это потому, что люди склонны не думать экономно и рационально о таких вещах», — сказал Фаррелли.

Lucinda Nord gives an overview of the Emergency Planning Cycle, the role libraries play in a pandemic response, and what some libraries are doing.

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COVID-19: A Community Development Response, Prosperity Indiana

Friday, March 20 (Completed)

Learn what steps Prosperity Indiana’s partners in the field are taking to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their organizations and the services they provide and discover how CDOs are collaborating with other organizations to respond to changing community needs.

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Update for Rural Partners, Stakeholders, and Communities on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response, CDC

Monday, March 23 (Completed)


Dr. Butler will share guidance with partners, public health practitioners, healthcare providers, and others working to protect the health of rural communities. He will describe what CDC knows at this point and what CDC is doing in response to this outbreak. We will also have time for questions and answers.

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Park Leaders and COVID 19, City Parks Alliance

Wednesday, March 25 (Completed)


Park professionals discuss how they are striving to be part of the solution by educating residents on how to safely utilize parks and trails to maintain physical and mental wellness during this difficult time. Speakers will also discuss how they are adapting existing programming to meet current needs and how they are adjusting their messaging in creative and strategic ways.

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Ensuring Completion and Accuracy of the 2020 Census in Your Community

Monday, March 30 (Completed)

The 2020 Census helps determine our political representation and also influences how over $675 Billion in federal funds are distributed across the nation for health care, education, roads and so much more for the next decade. The data will inform business decisions, government planning, and allows our community to better understand how it is changing. An accurate count is paramount to Shaping Our Future. Heather Maddox and Nicholas Elliott, Partnership Specialists with the US Census Bureau will share critical information about how the 2020 Census will be conducted and how you can support Census outreach to improve the accuracy of our Census count.

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Economic Outlook, Purdue Extension

Wednesday, April 1 (Completed)


Join Dr. Larry DeBoer for an update of how the COVID-19 pandemic could impact the national economy and how this could impact Indiana communities’ and local governments.

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Family First Act, Ice Miller

Thursday, April 2 (Completed)


Ice Miller hosted a webinar regarding the Family First Act. Association of Indiana Counties sent several questions to Ice Miller specific to how the CARES Act will affect local government which is different than private businesses.

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Be First. Be Right. Be Credible. Meeting Local-level Crisis Communication Challenges of the Pandemic

Thursday, April 2 (Completed)


In this webinar, Dr. Hwanseok Song, Purdue University, will discuss the fundamental principles of crisis communication and what they mean to communicators at the local level. We will also draw on specific examples to discuss the best practices as we prepare ourselves for the arising communication challenges of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.

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State Board of Accounts, Purdue Extension

Thursday, April 9 (Completed)


The COVID-19 pandemic is causing everyone to re-examine nearly every aspect of day-to-day life. The State Board of Accounts has been considering how local units may need to react to this changing landscape and how those reactions will be perceived at audit time. Several SBOA leaders will be on hand to provide guidance and answer your questions. Join SBOA personnel to discuss the position of the State Board of Accounts regarding accounting for situations related to the Coronavirus, including items to consider when developing actions and policies regarding the Coronavirus.

Schools and Townships
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Counties, Cities/Towns, Libraries and Special Districts
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Programming Through Zoom and other Online Platforms, Purdue Extension

Tuesday, April 14 (Completed)


Join Purdue Extension Educators, Krista Pullen and Mindy Mayes, for a webinar offering tips and tricks on how to use the Zoom video conferencing. This program will discuss using Zoom and how to hold educational programs and meetings using Zoom. We will also demonstrate how to use Facebook Live and how to use Facebook Live within Zoom.

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Indiana Bond Bank 2020 COVID-19 Assistance, AIC

Tuesday, April 14 (Completed)


Governor Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-05 which allows for property tax waivers for up to 60 days past May 11, 2020. This is likely to have a significant impact on local Indiana governments and their management of cashflows. The Indiana Bond Bank offers the Advance Funding Program to assist local units of government facing cashflow shortages. For over 30 years, the Advance Funding Program has provided funds for the purchase of temporary loan tax or revenue anticipation warrants, while eliminating the need to bid the financing. Please join us of this this webinar for an overview of the program and current application process for the 2020 Midyear Advance Funding Program. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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COVID-19 and Local Transportation Funding, LTAP

Tuesday, April 21 (Completed)


This webinar will take a look at the revenue sources for the Motor Vehicle Highway Account, the Local Road and Street Account, and Community Crossings and how the “stay at home” order can be affecting them. This will provide some helpful information on how to plan for the future and how to utilize your asset management plan during this pandemic.

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COVID-19 Cash Flow Stability for Local Units of Government, Prosperity Indiana

Monday, April 27 (Completed)


In March, Governor Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-05, which allows for property tax waivers for up to 60 days past May 11, 2020. The governor’s order is likely to have a significant impact on local Indiana governments and their management of cash flows. The Indiana Bond Bank offers the Advance Funding Program to assist local units of government facing cash flow shortages due to delays in the collection and distribution of property taxes.

For over 30 years, the Advance Funding Program has provided funds for the purchase of temporary loan tax or revenue anticipation warrants, while eliminating the need to bid out the financing. This webinar will serve as an informational and interactive overview of the program and the current application process for the 2020 Midyear Advance Funding Program. Please note that the Indiana Bond Bank cash flow assistance program is only available to Qualified Entities or local units of government as defined by IC 5-1.5-1-8. Staff at the Indiana Bond Bank will serve as presenters.

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COVID-19: Stimulus Funding Opportunities for Municipal and Local Governments, Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP

Tuesday, April 28 (Completed)


The panel of experts will provide information about how Indiana might utilize Coronavirus Relief funds, opportunities currently available to local governments, and what the next phase of relief funding could provide for local governments.

Jim Schellinger, Indiana Secretary of Commerce
Justin McAdam, Deputy Director & General Counsel of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget
David Quam, Co-leader of the Denton’s advocacy network

David Tandy, Dentons Bingham Greenebaum

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Treasury Guidance

Treasury Guidance updated April 15, 2021, provides direction for preparing to receive funds from the Coronavirus State and Fiscal Recovery Fund.


State Board of Accounts Directive 2020-1

This directive from SBOA explains the accounting procedures for counties and municipalities to receive an allocation of the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund as part of ARP.  See AIM and AIC’s resources for more information and examples.

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Indiana Department of Education Press Release

The DOE announced Indiana schools will receive nearly $1.8 billion as part of the ARP.  The press release includes a link to the planning allocations for public school districts.

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ARP Overview and Distribution Estimates

Find the title by title summary and fact sheets. You can also download spreadsheets of state estimates for the various funds.

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CARES Act Guidance

June 25, 2020

Treasury just released new guidance for COVID-19 reimbursable expenses, dated June 24 for COVID-19.

Among the new additions (Highlights)

  • May funds be used to satisfy non-federal matching requirements under the Stafford Act?

Yes, payments from the Fund may be used to meet the non-federal matching requirements for Stafford Act assistance to the extent such matching requirements entail COVID-19-related costs that otherwise satisfy the Fund’s eligibility criteria and the Stafford Act.  Regardless of the use of Fund payments for such purposes, FEMA funding is still dependent on FEMA’s determination of eligibility under the Stafford Act.

  • May Fund payments be provided to non-profits for distribution to individuals in need of financial assistance, such as rent relief? 

Yes, non-profits may be used to distribute assistance.  Regardless of how the assistance is structured, the financial assistance provided would have to be related to COVID-19.

  • May recipients use Fund payments to remarket the recipient’s convention facilities and tourism industry?

Yes, if the costs of such remarketing satisfy the requirements of the CARES Act.  Expenses incurred to publicize the resumption of activities and steps taken to ensure a safe experience may be needed due to the public health emergency.  Expenses related to developing a long-term plan to reposition a recipient’s convention and tourism industry and infrastructure would not be incurred due to the public health emergency and therefore may not be covered using payments from the Fund.

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Community Recovery Workbook Webinar


A coalition of statewide organizations recently published a Community Recovery Workbook to assist communities in organizing efforts to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. The workbook is intended to provide guidance for community stakeholders in assessing organizational capacity, prioritizing community needs, and creating a plan for community recovery.  You can learn more about how to use the workbook in your community by viewing the webinar.


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County Operational Status

This spreadsheet shows the operational status of county government offices in Indiana. If you would like to update for your county please email Tamara Ogle at Additional information on county operations can be found on AIC’s website.

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Helping Hoosiers with Job Loss and Income Disruption Series, Indiana Library Federation

In response to the massive economic disruption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, many Indiana libraries are, or will be, helping residents apply for unemployment and eligibility programs such as SNAP, TANF, and Healthcare. The sessions below are a part of a series aimed at helping library staff and other local governments understand the resources and the most effective ways to help residents.

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USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

USDA’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide Lists Federal Programs That Can Help Rural Communities, Organizations and Residents Impacted by COVID-19.

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Indiana Parks and Recreation Association COVID-19 Resource Guide

IPRA will be using this page to share important resources addressing the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our parks & recreation programs, predominantly the professionals and participants that make up our beautiful, active communities.

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National Association of Counties COVID-19 Resource Guide

County response efforts & priorities.

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Impact Planning for COVID-19, ESRI

This dashboard pulls together demographic and hospital capacity data for each county that may be useful for local leaders in planning for the epidemic.

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Moving City Council Meetings Online in Response to COVID-19, National League of Cities

Resources and examples of how communities have provided online access to public meetings.

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Prioritize Equity in COVID-19 Response, National League of Cities

Resources from the Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) Council of the National League of Cities highlighting examples of local action leaders can take to ensure that equity is at the center of how communities respond to this pandemic.

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Coronavirus Local Response Initiative

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is leading classes focused on emergency preparedness, emergency response, crisis leadership, and crisis communication.

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Leadership Before, During, and After a Crisis, ICMA

Resource from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) on promising practices for local government crisis leadership.

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Public Leadership Through Crisis, Harvard University

This series offers ideas for leaders questioning how they can help and what kind of leadership is required in the face of a crisis.

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Accelerating Indiana Municipalities COVID-19 Response

Just as many of you are, Aim is concerned with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the effect it may have on our communities. City and town government plays a role in maintaining public health, balancing the need to give citizens accurate information without creating unnecessary painc. However, we know you need to be proactive. Scenarios such as spring-breakers returning from heavily impacted areas, returning national/international convention goers, business travelers, etc., can expose your city or town to COVID-19. You are also an employer who needs to understand all obligations, risks, policies, etc., relative to human resources and COVID-19.

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AIM Quick Guide Video-Emergency Situations

This Aim Quick Guide offers information on emergency situations.

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ISBA’s COVID-19 Response

Access ISBA’s FAQs and Resource Guide and view additional contact information.

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Epidemic Preparedness for Community-Based Organizations

Community organizations, such as faith-based organizations and nonprofits, are instrumental before, during and after epidemics. This program walks organizations through a process to learn about potential epidemics, serve their members and serve their communities before, during and after an epidemic.

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Indiana Library Federation COVID-19 Response

Indiana Library Federation is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and seeks to share key resources as our members provide library services across our state. We care about our members and the people libraries serve. Librarians play critical roles in helping patrons and students discern factual information from misinformation and in providing critical services in times of crisis (internet, eBooks, electronic resources, continuity of services, safe space, trusted community partner).

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COVID-19 2020 State Government Overview Report

Statewide Associates have compiled state-level and some city-level policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic as of March 16, 2020.

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Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. For more information visit

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FOOD: A Guide for Farmers’ Markets to Navigate the COVID-19 Outbreak

Farmers’ markets play an essential role in the food distribution network, similar to traditional grocery stores. Consumers depend on farmers’ markets for fresh, local foods, and vendors depend on them as an outlet through which to sell products. This article discusses safety precautions to put in place to keep markets open while maintaining public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Indiana Public Library Wi-Fi Map

This report is provided by Indiana Library Federation,, to illustrate how Indiana’s public libraries responded to the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders by extending Wi-Fi beyond their buildings to meet needs in communities.

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Free and Low-Cost Internet Plans, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

The COVID-19 health crisis has shed light on the need for home internet service, and the large number of American households in all kinds of communities who don’t have it. Some Internet Service Providers have responded with new or improved discount broadband plans, that will only be available for a short time; others continue to offer plans that were created prior to the crisis. NDIA commits to keeping this list of Free & Low-Cost Internet Plans updated daily.

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Broadband Data

The interactive table below showcases countywide internet-related information including median and average upload/download speeds, percent population with access to no providers, to 10/1 only, or DSL only. This should provide an idea of the counties that may struggle the most when conducting most of their work and school activities online most of the time. Keep in mind this is based on FCC data that tends to underestimate actual access. Nonetheless, data below should provide an idea and jumpstart critical conversations. In addition, the maps below show Indiana county quartiles using some of these same variables.

Broadband – DSL

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Broadband – Speeds 10/1 Mbps

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Broadband – No Providers

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Broadband – Median Download

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Broadband – Median Upload

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