Lake County Digital Growth Initiative

Lake County's Broadband and Digital Equity Action Plan

Lake County adopted its first-ever Broadband and Digital Equity Action Plan to close the digital divide in Lake County. The action plan is designed to expand countywide access to reliable, high-speed broadband infrastructure, remove barriers to affordable internet, device access, and digital skills training, and build and ecosystem of local partners to drive digital inclusion efforts. 

Read the Action Plan >

• Appendix A: Project Details
• Appendix B: Funding Catalogue Content
• Appendix B: Funding Catalogue
• Appendix C: Current State Assessment
• Appendix D: Stakeholder Engagement Report
• Appendix E: Potential Fiber Expansion Models
2024 NACo Legislative Conference Presentation




Let's Get the Illinois Broadband Map Right!

The State of Illinois has initiated a challenge process that provides Illinoisans an opportunity to review its new broadband availability map. The updated map will determine which locations are eligible for funding through the federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. Your participation could help bring broadband funding to Lake County!

Everyone is encouraged to review their home and/or business on the map and ensure their broadband internet information is accurate. Lake County residents, businesses, and property owners may submit a challenge if there are inaccuracies. Learn more


Unserved and Underserved Areas

A breakdown of the population that is unserved and underserved with high-speed internet access can be found below. 

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Unserved Areas

An unserved area has an internet connection speed of fewer than 25 megabits per second (Mbps) in download speed and 3 Mbps in upload speed.

Incorporated

Population: 9857
Households & Businesses: 1522
Age 18+: 9080
Age Under 18: 777

Unincorporated

Population: 1720
Households & Businesses: 574
Age 18+: 1405
Age Under 18: 315

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Underserved Areas

An underserved area has an internet connection speed of fewer than 100 megabits per second (Mbps) in download speed and 20 Mbps in upload speed.

Incorporated

Population: 1857
Households & Businesses: 1333
Age 18+: 1812
Age Under 18: 45

Unincorporated

Population: 234
Households & Businesses: 94
Age 18+: 188
Age Under 18: 46

Could State and Federal Funding Be Available to Lake County?

Yes, State and Federal funding could be made available to expand high-speed internet access to underserved and unserved communities. Stay connected on the latest news from Lake County by signing up for our email list.

Learn more about State and Federal broadband programs: