Smithville Communications, Indiana’s premier internet provider, is making plans to expand services to more rural residents in 2020, reports the Kokomo Tribune. The first Hoosiers to benefit from Smithville’s initiative will be in the Sharpsville area in northern Tipton County and southern Howard County.
“We will be building and expanding a state-of-the-art fiber network that will offer fast and reliable gigabit-level broadband service to our current and future customers, which is expected to greatly enrich the quality of life and business for the area,” explained Smithville President Paul Quick.
He added, “This expansion represents a transformational opportunity for this rural region of north central Indiana.”
In order to best meet community needs, Smithville met with local farmers and landowners, including the Tipton County broadband task force. “This was very helpful to our construction planning,” said Quick. “Landowners and farmers were able to identify key drainage tiles and other major infrastructure that we need to consider in the physical fiber installation over the coming months, while assuring landowners that our team would be respectful of their property.”
With the help of state grants, Smithville’s 1,000 Mbps speed gigabit internet is expected to be available by summer 2020. Additional features, such as SIP voice services, a streaming TV package, and Smithville Communications’ security and home automation services will also be included.
“We are committed to making a difference in the lives of our customers,” stated Smithville’s chairman and CEO, Darby McCarty. “It takes time and resources, but we are making progress.”