Smithville Receives National Honor

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Ellettsville-based Smithville is again receiving attention from an industry publication. The telecommunications service provider is on Broadband Communities magazine's Top 100 list along with companies including Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG). August 16, 2013

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ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. - Joining top national firms, Smithville has received national recognition as a Top 100 FTTP service leader for an unprecedented fifth straight year. Smithville, known as a top leader in providing fiber broadband and fiber-to-the-premise service in Indiana, particularly in traditionally neglected rural areas, was named together with major national firms like Cisco Systems, DISH Network, Google, Tetra Tech, Verizon, and others in receiving the 2013 honor.

To receive the honor, broadband companies must demonstrate the capacity to "transform local economies or improve communities' quality of life," or by "introducing innovative technologies that have game-changing potential," and/or provide other outstanding performance factors, according to Masha Zager, editor of Broadband Communities magazine, which sponsors the Top 100 award. A panel of editorial and technical experts in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment makes the final decisions.

"Smithville has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to Hoosiers, particularly in rural areas, by providing a 'game-changing' capacity that promotes economic development and business growth," said Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann. "As an Indiana-based company, Smithville has proven itself a state champion in providing enterprise-level high-speed broadband, which is a basic fundamental requirement for Indiana to maintain its strong economic standing."

"Smithville has now consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to state-of-the-art fiber deployment and a high-degree of performance for half a decade," said Zager. "Smithville is recognized by their industry peers as a national leader in strategic fiber-based broadband, as evidenced by their proven performance in deployment and by their public comments in support of FTTH."

"Smithville embraces the statement 'Your Indiana Communications Company' for a reason," said Chairman and CEO Darby McCarty, explaining why the company was considered for the Top 100 honor. "Smithville is Indiana's largest independent telecommunications and broadband provider because the company is solidly dedicated to providing the best technology and customer service available in the state."

Founded in 1922, privately owned Smithville is now Indiana's largest independent telecom company, with 220 employees. Smithville remains strongly engaged in supplying FTTH services through its Quantum Fiber network to more than 28,000 businesses and residences, now offering speeds up to 10 Gigabit (1o Gbps) for enterprise-level companies. Its one-gigabit service to residences represents some of the fastest connectivity available in Indiana. The $90 million FTTP (fiber-to-the-premise, including homes, businesses and educational institutions/government in the Smithville service area) build-out is now over halfway completed. The company's subsidiary, Smithville Telecom, provides high-speed fiber-based connectivity, data consulting, network management and managed services for businesses, university campuses, biotechnology companies, health care providers and government offices in southern and central Indiana.

"Smithville and Smithville Telecom succeed in large measure because of our strong focus on high performance and state-of-the-art technology," said Cullen McCarty, president of Smithville Telecom. "A relentless commitment to customer service and industry innovation is reflected in the fact that Smithville has captured this honor for five years in a row."

Smithville and Smithville Telecom have expanded fiber access to hospitals and statewide health care networks, utility and wireless companies, technology parks and technology incubators, financial institutions and industrial operations. The company is active in telemedicine and telehealth initiatives, particularly in rural areas. Smithville also provides videoconferencing solutions, including customized mobile videoconferencing carts and room systems, video call bridging, ISDN transcoding, and recording and streaming services, in addition to software and hardware.

About Smithville

Founded 90 years ago as the Monroe County Telephone Company, privately owned Smithville is now Indiana's largest independent telecom company with more than 200 employees. Smithville is deploying Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) services, which at 1-10 Gbps provides the fastest connectivity available in Indiana, to more than 28,000 businesses and residences in southern Indiana. Its subsidiary Smithville Telecom provides fiber-based connectivity, data consulting, network management and managed services for businesses, university campuses, biotechnology companies, healthcare providers and government offices in southern and central Indiana. For more information, please visit www.smithville.net.

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