Ellettsville-based Smithville has launched a $2.7 million expansion of high-speed fiber in northern Tipton and southern Howard counties. The company says it will bring its premium gigabit speed internet to over 580 homes near Sharpsville.
The expansion is funded in part by a $250,000 grant from the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program, which is covering the cost to run fiber to 127 homes within the currently unserved area.
“Access to Smithville’s high-speed, highly reliable network will enable farmers to employ technology-based precision agriculture techniques and other applications,” said Paul Quick, Smithville president. “This rural connectivity also allows access to online tools for healthcare and education.”
The rest of the cost of infrastructure improvements will be funded by private investments from Smithville. Plans call for 1,000 mbps download and and upload speeds when improvements are completed in the summer.