La Porte-based Surf Broadband Solutions will Wednesday kick off a $5 million fiber project in Columbia City. The company says the effort will create the first city-wide 100% fiber optic network to provide high-speed internet for residents and businesses.

Surf Broadband says the project will help close the “homework gap” and allow for reliable remote work possibilities. The network build is expected to take two years complete.

The kickoff will include remarks from Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Whitley County Economic Development Corp. President Dale Buuck, among others. The official launch is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday.