Danville, Ind. Partners with Smithville for GigCity Technology

  • Smithville Communications
DANVILLE, IN — The town of Danville has partnered with Smithville Communications, an independent telecom providing fiber-based services, to manage the town's existing fiber ring, which was previously built at no cost to local taxpayers. Smithville GigaCity technology — symmetrical wireless gigabit fiber-based connectivity and Indiana's fastest Internet — will come to Danville as a result of the new partnership.

Smithville has already commenced engineering studies on how to strategically expand high-speed fiber services to homes and businesses in Danville through a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) initiative, according to Gary Eakin, town manager for the Hendricks County community.

The Smithville GigaCity technology presently represents Indiana's fastest Internet with true symmetrical gigabit connectivity – with data transmission speeds of 1,000 Mbps up and 1,000 Mbps down (as opposed to typical cable service of 20 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up). Smithville GigaCity fiber technology delivers these high speeds through a fiber-connected secure wireless modem, making for convenient deployment and installation.

"Smithville's proven expertise in providing superior high-speed fiber services will help position Danville as a preferred location for site selectors and relocation professionals, as well as improving quality of place and quality of life here," said Laura Parker, town planner and assistant town manager.

"Danville's previous strategic investment in fiber infrastructure is forward-looking and will help us rapidly deploy our Smithville GigaCity technology," said Darby McCarty, CEO of Smithville Communications. (Smithville Telecom is a subsidiary of Smithville Communications.) "Given that Smithville is already in Hendricks County through our Lizton fiber network, this represents a natural extension of our gigabit high-speed capacity," she continued.

Under terms of the agreement, Smithville has already begun supplying high-speed fiber connectivity to Danville municipal facilities. "A critical advantage that Smithville brought to the table is the fact that, as before, no tax dollars or TIF bond revenues will be used for this expansion," said Marcia Lynch, president of the Danville Town Council. "Instead of using tax dollars, Smithville will actually be creating revenue sharing opportunities for the community," she added.

Building on a Fiber Ring Investment
"The Danville fiber expansion represents a great opportunity to leverage our successful public-private partnership model," explained John Patten, Smithville COO. "Danville made a smart municipal investment in developing their fiber ring, and now Smithville has the opportunity to reward the town and local taxpayers for that vision by positively building on that infrastructure."

Patten added that the Smithville fiber deployment is expected to help Danville's economic development strategic positioning and noted research that shows how high-speed fiber accessibility increases home value.

During 2015 Smithville will conduct engineering and economic surveys that will help determine the areas for fiber expansion. Smithville plans to begin construction of fiber links to residential homes beginning in the fourth quarter of the year.

In 2009 Smithville initiated a major $110 million fiber project in greater Bloomington and other areas of Indiana, which is ongoing. Smithville was the first in the state to turn up its entire residential fiber customer to gigabit speed (1,000 mbps), providing a free trial network-wide service in March 2014. The company has committed to integrating wireless Calix GigaCenter technology in its deployments, which serves as the platform for the Smithville GigaCityTM technology service.

Gigabit Fiber-optic Networks Now a Necessary Element of Civic Infrastructure
Fiber-optics networking with gigabit capacity is quickly becoming a necessary element of civic infrastructure. Advancements in healthcare leverage fiber capacity for critical image transmission and telemedicine. Growing businesses can rely on its dependable connectivity to "future-proof" their operations. Consumers benefit from gigabit-based "smart home" technology, as well as lightning-fast downloads of high-definition movies, streaming video (such as Netflix and Amazon Prime), and a host of other services.

Fiber offers a platform of exponential speed and can carry enormous amounts of data. The transition to a purely fiber platform means increasing download speeds from a few megabits per second (Mbps) to 1,000 Mbps. With this new capacity large files can be downloaded much faster. For example, with gigabit connectivity, a full two-hour HD movie can be downloaded in about 30 to 50 seconds regardless of the number of devices connected, compared with much longer periods of time at lower bandwidth speeds.

Cloud-based computer applications that fully leverage the power of gigabit connectivity are presently in development. They include numerous quality of life and business productivity applications that will positively impact, even transform, areas of healthcare, entertainment and commercial operations.

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