Smithville and SCI REMC Partner to Build Fiber Network in Common Service Area

 

  • SCI REMC
  • Smithville Communications

ELLETTSVILLE, IN – Smithville Communications, an Indiana-based independent broadband provider, and SCI REMC, an Indiana rural electric cooperative, are launching a customer-focused partnership to will accelerate the delivery of high-speed fiber broadband internet to residents and businesses in the common service areas between the two companies.

When completed, the project will serve approximately 3,400 residents and businesses in the common service areas around Ellettsville, Lake Monroe, and Gosport. These include homes presently served by copper-based service.

"This partnership represents a huge win for rural residents in south-central Indiana, and these two companies are proving how Hoosiers can innovate and work together to deliver cutting-edge services to consumers,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “As we move to take Indiana to the Next Level, Smithville and SCI REMC are raising the bar and setting an example for how to purposefully accelerate the availability of high-speed broadband in the state."

"Smithville is pleased to partner with SCI REMC for this project,” said Darby McCarty, chairman and CEO of Smithville. "We both serve customers in the same geographic area, so it makes sense to work together to provide service, particularly with the high cost to build in rural areas. The real winners here are the residents, who will have better, more reliable internet service as a result.

"Our company has been an SCI REMC member for many years, and we provide connectivity to their offices, too," she added. "We share a similar, community-minded approach to serving our customers, so this is a natural partnership.”

According to James Tanneberger, president and CEO of SCI REMC, when the fiber network is built and active, residential and business customers will be able to choose service from either Smithville or SCI REMC. Both companies will independently market services to customers within the project area. "This partnership is a win for everyone involved,” said Tanneberger. “By working with Smithville, we are able to meet our electric smart grid needs and ensure businesses and residents have access to world-class high-speed internet in the most expeditious, fiscally responsible way possible."

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