Wabash County, Ind. Approves Fiber Optic Resolution

  • Economic Development Group of Wabash County
WABASH, IN — The availability of fiber optic network in Wabash Couty, Ind., is one step closer to reality after Wabash Country Commissioners gave the project the green light, according to the Wabash Plain Dealer. Bill Konyha, president and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, said the goal is to give the entire county access to high speed Internet.

The Wabash County Redevelopment Commission previously approved a declaratory resolution to create a Fiber Optic Development Area throughout the county. The area would enable the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district to facilitate the expansion or extension of fiber optic cable in public rights of way anywhere in Wabash County, according to Konyha.

The next steps include a public hearing followed by a confirmatory resolution by the Redevelopment Commission. If all goes well, the new Economic Development Area would then be formed, including all the unincorporated areas of Wabash County, as well as LaFontaine, Lagro and Roann.

Wabash County Commissions invested $100,000 in Country Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds more than a year ago to match MetroNet's investment of nearly $1 million to extend fiber optics to LaFontaine. "We'll focus on the CEDIT grant after this is resolved," Konyha said.

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