Jasper on Track

Smithville Fiber $15 million GigaCity project on track, more than 3,200 Jasper homes now fiber-capable

JASPER – Completing this year’s construction, Smithville Fiber recently opened two new Jasper neighborhoods in December 2017, making high-speed gigabit fiber service and other products available to additional area residents. “We’re making great progress on this development – we recently mailed letters to Jasper residents in our two new ‘fiberhoods’ to let them know that high-speed fiber service was now available to them,” said Melissa Wright, Project Manager for the Smithville Fiber GigaCity project in Jasper.

Wright noted that initial customer feedback has been very positive, as customers experience the benefits of reliable high-speed fiber firsthand. “High-tech gigabit fiber service can positively simplify the lives of people living in Jasper and transform their homes and businesses with new entertainment and high-speed applications,” she added.

“We’re pleased that we already have more than 500 customers who are now receiving our fiber-based gigabit services,” said Wright. “We have 50 new customers on deck who will have fiber services installed soon and we expect that number to continue to rise.”

Begun in 2015, the $15 million Jasper GigaCity project passed its halfway point in its five-year project earlier in 2017. As of late December, more than 3,200 Jasper homes now have Smithville Fiber service available to them. That number will continue to increase as construction expands throughout the city. Eventually all of Jasper will have access to Smithville’s nationally recognized fiber service by the time the project is fully completed in 2019.

The Jasper project manager noted that construction of fiber splicing is now taking place in three areas on the east side of Jasper, primarily along Mill Street stretching north to just above 20th Street and all the way down to south of 6th Street. Construction also started in December within the area just east of the Schnitzelbank Restaurant on 3rd Street in Jasper.

Wright said that construction work is expected to continue through the winter, but may occasionally be delayed if there is more than two inches of snowfall and/or the ground freezes hard. “If adverse winter conditions come up, then the Smithville construction crews may take a short break until conditions improve,” Wright explained. “They will start up and continue as they are able to get machines through the local soil with as little muddy impact as possible.”

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About Smithville Fiber and Smithville Communications – Nationally recognized as a Top 100 Broadband Company, privately owned Smithville Fiber is Indiana’s largest independent telecom company with more than 200 employees. With an earned reputation as a communications technology innovator, Smithville is presently deploying Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) and other enhanced fiber services to its business and residential customers. It launched its “Best Speed Available” service in 2017, eliminating speed tiers and data caps for its internet service, regardless of platform (fiber or copper). These services, which range up to 100 Gbps for enterprise operations, provide a platform for the fastest connectivity available in Indiana to business, institutions and consumers. The company develops the Smithville GigaCityTM technology platform and provides fiber-based connectivity, data consulting, network management and managed services for businesses, university campuses, biotechnology companies, healthcare providers, government offices, residential centers, communities, and other entities, including Jasper and parts of the Bloomington and Ellettsville (Indiana) area. Smithville also manages a legacy copper communication network in rural south-central Indiana, and a system-wide fiber-to-the-cabinet upgrade has improved speeds and reliability across its copper-based network. The company currently serves about 23,000 businesses and residences in southern and central Indiana. For more information, please visit Smithville.com. For additional information about the Jasper project, please visit Jasper.smithville.com.

Melissa Wright (812) 935-2252  melissa.wright@smithville.com
Michael Snyder (317-805-4870  mike@themekgroup.com