Two Indiana service providers are partnering on expanded fiber optic connectivity in Anderson. The relationship between Indianapolis-based Indiana Fiber Network LLC and Anderson Municipal Light and Power involves neutral fiber options for businesses.
It also involves engineering and marketing components. IFN operates more than 4,100 miles of fiber throughout Indiana and Vice President of Sales and Marketing August Zehner says Anderson’s fiber infrastructure setup is one of the best in the state. "IFN brings carrier neutral fiber connectivity options to businesses via AML&P, that benefits their entire customer base," he says. "IFN does not build fiber in their service area. We value our relationship with AML&P and use them exclusively as the local fiber provider in their franchise area. Municipal partners can be a great class of fiber providers for IFN because they have a long-term vested interest in their local community."
AML&P says they are not competing with commercial carriers for the service. Network Supervisor Darren Grile says "AML&P did not initially deploy fiber to make money, but rather to provide reliability, security, redundancy, and savings for city offices. We have no intention of becoming an Internet Service Provider, but we did want connectivity options for existing and future businesses in Anderson."
The utility leases fiber connectivity to businesses and government entities in addition to providing electricity to the public.