East Chicago Chooses NITCO as Fiber Partner

  • East Chicago Fiber Optic Network (ECFON)
  • Northwestern Indiana Telephone Co. (NITCO)
HEBRON, IN — Northwestern Indiana Telephone Co. (NITCO) announced that it has signed a long-term operating agreement with the City of East Chicago to manage the City’s new fiber optic communications and data network. The City of East Chicago completed construction of the advanced technology 17-mile, high-speed fiber optic broadband network in July of 2017. The East Chicago Fiber Optic Network (ECFON) is now active and ready to provide valuable service to its citizens. The operating agreement will now allow local businesses and residences to purchase NITCO services such as voice, internet, TV, and long distance using the city-owned network.

Improving East Chicago's Communications Infrastructure
NITCO shares the vision that Mayor Anthony Copeland had years ago of improving the speed, efficiency, and reliability of East Chicago’s communications infrastructure. ECFON will create economic development leading to job creation and growth as well as contributing to the quality of life in East Chicago. The backbone of ECFON is a 72-strand, single-mode fiber optic loop which includes the business areas of Chicago Avenue, Indianapolis Boulevard and Columbus Drive. The network is the first municipal network to become active and available for service in the region.

“I am so proud we have completed this project. East Chicago is wired for the future and we are open for business. The possibilities are abundant, and we are looking forward to a return on our investment. Through this agreement I am confident our city will prosper and our residents will enjoy its benefits,” stated Mayor Anthony Copeland.

Supporting City Operations
The city is currently utilizing ECFON throughout city offices at a much more efficient speed, but more importantly, minimizing the costs of the associated communications for these applications. Some examples of these applications are as follows; data transport between city facilities, a centralized VOIP phone system between facilities, the networking of nearly 700 high-resolution cameras communication on a high-speed fiber network, automated SCADA communications within our utilities facilities, and Wi-Fi hotspots being installed throughout the city for public Wi-Fi access.

NITCO will begin offering services to business, education, commercial and medical customers immediately.


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