Smithville receives “Top 100” national recognition for unprecedented seventh consecutive time
Joining Calix, Cisco, AT&T, Verizon, Corning and other national companies, Smithville was selected for its capacity for introducing “innovative technologies” in a high-performance setting; only Indiana-based company so named
ELLETTSVILLE, Indiana – “Welcome to the Winner’s Circle” is how Smithville and other national companies were introduced by the July issue of Broadband Communities magazine. Achieving national recognition for an unprecedented seventh consecutive time, Indiana-based Smithville has been named as a Top 100 FTTP technology service leader by a panel of experts assembled by the magazine. Smithville Fiber, (the brand name under which Smithville Communications markets its products), has established a reputation as a top trailblazer in providing fiber broadband and fiber-to-the-premise service (FTTP) in Indiana (particularly in traditionally neglected rural areas). The company was named together with major national firms like Cisco Systems, Corning, AT&T, Verizon and others in receiving the 2015 honor.
Smithville Fiber is the only Indiana-based company so named.
The recipients of “Top 100” award must undergo a highly competitive review process. To receive the honor, broadband companies must effectively demonstrate the capacity to “transform local economies or improve communities’ quality of life,” or by “introducing innovative technologies that have game-changing potential,” and/or provide other outstanding performance factors, according to Masha Zager, editor of Broadband Communities magazine, which sponsors the Top 100 award. A panel of editorial and technical experts in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment makes the final decisions.
“For a number of years Smithville Fiber has consistently demonstrated innovative commitment to strategic fiber deployment coupled with a high-degree of performance,” said Zager. “The Top 100 award denotes industry recognition that Smithville has secured a position of national leadership in state-of-the-art fiber-based broadband, both in actual deployment and in their continuing strong positive public support of federal and state policy for fiber growth.”
The commitment to build Indiana’s first true GigaCity in Jasper – featuring in-home symmetrical Gigabit connectivity up and down – was a factor in the selection process. Smithville is also bringing its GigaCity technology to other Indiana areas of its fiber service in 2015.
As a result of this national leadership position, Cullen McCarty, executive vice president of Smithville Communications, was asked to present a seminar on how fiber broadband positively impacts regional economic development. The seminar will take place during Broadband Properties “Fiber for the New Economy” summit in Lexington, Kentucky this coming Sept 15-18.
“The Jasper FTTH deployment is shaping up to be an economic development success story, and we look forward to learning more how Smithville is achieving this,” said Zager.
Founded in 1922, privately owned Smithville has grown to be Indiana’s largest independent telecom company with about 180 employees. Smithville remains strongly engaged in supplying FTTH and other services through its growing network to more than 23,000 businesses and residences, now offering speeds up to 10 Gigabit (10 Gbps) for fiber-based enterprise-level companies.
Smithville made Indiana history in March 2014 when it turned up full gigabit service for all residential fiber customers so they could sample the power of Gigabit connectivity, becoming to the first Indiana technology company to actually provide Google-level fiber gigabit speed. Smithville is now setting the standard in new developments with its Smithville GigaCity platform, which brings symmetrical gigabit speeds to communities and regions.
In addition to its award-winning residential service, the company provides enterprise-level high-speed ﬁber-based connectivity, data consulting, network management and managed services for businesses, university campuses, biotechnology companies, health care providers and government offices.
Smithville has expanded commercial ﬁber access to hospitals and statewide health care networks, utility and wireless companies, technology parks and technology incubators, ﬁnancial institutions and industrial operations. The company is active in telemedicine and telehealth initiatives, particularly in rural areas. Smithville also provides small business services, managed services, 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 offerings.
About Smithville Communications and Smithville Fiber-- Founded 90 years ago as the Monroe County Telephone Company, privately owned Smithville Communications (which markets its products and services under the brand of Smithville Fiber) is Indiana’s largest independent telecom company with about 180 employees. Introducing its Smithville GigaCity technology in 2015 (featuring symmetrical 1,000 mbps connectivity), Smithville is deploying Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) services. The company also provides commercial enterprise-level fiber-based connectivity, data consulting, network management and managed services for businesses, university campuses, biotechnology companies, healthcare providers and government offices. For more information, please visit www.smithville.com.