Smithville receives national “Top 100 Broadband” recognition for unprecedented third straight year

Southern Indiana company named with top national companies as Google, Verizon, AT&T, Motorola, Cisco and DIRECTV

ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. (Aug. 16, 2011) – Smithville – Indiana’s largest independent telecom company – received national recognition as a “Top 100 Broadband Company,” marking the third straight year the southern Indiana company has been named to this elite group.

The current issue of Broadband Communities profiled Smithville, noting that competition for the award was intense with more than 700 national companies being considered. Smithville, and its affiliate company Smithville Digital, were recognized together with major national broadband companies like Google, Verizon, AT&T, Motorola, Cisco and DIRECTV.

The publication also included Smithville’s national views for broadband development and the proposed FCC reallocation of funds. The magazine quoted Darby McCarty, President and CEO of Smithville, as she warned: “Many challenges face telecoms – small and large alike – as the United States unevenly advances toward the goal of 100 Mbps broadband by 2020.”

Continuing, Ms. McCarty stated: “The businesses, industries and people of the United States will best be served by more consistent and ‘real-world’ actions by the FCC.

“While the current National Broadband Plan holds many good objectives, actions proposed by federal agencies [to redirect federal broadband funding] may well undercut rural and other areas in broadband development and create a real, unfortunate, and lasting digital divide for economic advancement.”

Citing the ongoing Smithville $90 million project to bring high-speed fiber connectivity to rural areas in Indiana, Broadband Communities editor Masha Zager called the ongoing Smithville fiber overbuild “an ambitious FTTH project.”

In selecting the Top 100, Zager said that the editors look for organizations who promote real innovation and who are advancing the cause of fiber to the premises in one of several ways, including how companies deploy their fiber networks. “We look for large deployments, or for innovative business plans and technology configurations,” she said. The editors also look for companies that introduce innovative technologies, even if the technologies have not yet been commercially deployed. “We’re always on the lookout for technologies that change the rules,” she added.

“The honor of being chosen as a top 100 national broadband property is humbling,” said McCarty, the Smithville CEO. “This designation eloquently reflects the quality of dedication and achievements of our Smithville team in bringing the best possible communication technology to the people of Indiana.”

With its first segment of its overbuild to residential customers completed, Smithville’s cutting-edge technology will allow Smithville's customers access to some of the fastest broadband speeds available anywhere in the U.S., including a 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) access package. This high-end service is presently unmatched by several other broadband companies in Indiana.
Industry experts note that the 100 Mbps capacity over fiber create serious development and business opportunities for Smithville customers, including the capacity for real-time telehealth, imaging, and business modeling operations.

Smithville also provides videoconferencing solutions, including customized mobile videoconferencing carts and room systems, video call bridging, ISDN transcoding, and recording and streaming services, in addition to software and hardware.

Smithville’s all-new technology platform gives customers the ability to access the Internet, voice, and web based television services at a speed much faster than currently available to many residential customers anywhere in the United States—in rural or urban areas.

About Smithville – Led by president and CEO Darby A. McCarty since 2003, Smithville is one of Indiana’s oldest and largest independent communication companies, with its telephone division founded in 1922. A long-time champion of southern Indiana customers and a proven early adopter of state-of-the-art communication services, Smithville began converting its operations to a digital platform in the 1980s. In 2003, the company created a new commercial division, Smithville Digital, which serves up a fiber-based technology portfolio of physical and electronic services providing high-speed, reliable and secure broadband access and industrial data transport for Hoosier businesses statewide. For more information, please visit www.smithville.net.