Special Committee on Broadband

In 2023, the Lake County Board formed a new committee focused on determining the current state of broadband in Lake County and coming up with recommendations for improvement. The Committee will consider our resident’s access, affordability, and use in their work. 

The Lake County Board recognizes that a high-speed internet connection is necessary in today’s world and is essential in our education, work, health care, and communication. However, having a connection alone is not enough. Access at an appropriate speed, training and support on accessing the internet, and having financial means to obtain appropriate service and devices, are also essential.  

High-Speed Internet Access in Lake County

The Committee will be looking at the currently available infrastructure and programs to determine the best way to meet these needs to support all residents. The Committee is evaluating communities that are unserved and underserved with high-speed internet access. 

Unserved

An unserved connection speed is 25 megabits per second (Mbps) in download speed, and 3 Mbps in upload speed. Below is a breakdown of households and businesses that are underserved. 

IncorporationPopulation Households & BusinessesAge 18+Age Under 18
Incorporated354313002959584
Unincorporated489287369120


Underserved

An underserved connection speed is 100 megabits per second (Mbps) in download speed, and 20 Mbps in upload speed. Below is a breakdown of households and businesses that are underserved. 

IncorporationPopulationHouseholds & BusinessesAge 18+Age Under 18
Incorporated234,00793,719175,88358,124
Unincorporated27,99711,99122,2655732
Lake County IL Fixed Broadband Coverage

Funding Opportunities and Programs 

The Committee will evaluate a number of programs and funding opportunities to determine Lake County's eligibility. This includes: 

Special Committee Meeting Schedule & Agendas