Ellettsville-based Smithville has completed its $15 million fiber overbuild project in the city of Jasper. The citywide project is expected to bring gigabit connectivity to businesses and residents.
“We promised in our formal announcement of the project in 2015 that we would deliver a transformational network with gigabit speed, and we have achieved that,” said Darby McCarty, chairman and chief executive officer.
Smithville divided the construction segments in Jasper into 27 separate “fiberhoods.” The first residential customers on the new Smithville network were turned on in 2016.
“We first started working in Jasper in 2008, when we built the foundation of a business fiber network to serve corporations there,” said Cullen McCarty, Smithville executive vice president. “When the opportunity came to first provide fiber services for selected Jasper government facilities and then expand that project to a citywide overbuild, we chose to make a substantial investment in the community.”
New fiber from Smithville is now available to more than 7,500 homes, businesses and facilities in Jasper, and more than 3,000 residents have subscribed.
Smithville says it is planning a citywide celebration of the completion of the project September 26.