Praised for introducing “innovative technologies with game-changing potential”
ELLETTSVILLE, Indiana – Reflecting its proven innovative qualities as a U.S. broadband technology industry leader, Smithville has again been named a national Top 100 broadband company by Broadband Communities magazine. Achieving this national recognition for an unprecedented eleventh consecutive time, Indiana-based Smithville was recognized as a top fiber technology service leader by a panel of experts through a comprehensive, competitive process. As noted by industry experts, Smithville has firmly established a reputation for 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 such as AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and others in receiving the 2019 honor.
Smithville Fiber is again the only Indiana-based company to be named this year to the Top 100.
“We strive for high standards of customer service and performance at Smithville, so it is humbling and gratifying to be nationally recognized for excellence by our industry peers,” said Darby McCarty, chairman and CEO of Smithville. “This national honor truly reflects the quality and performance of our Smithville professionals, who are among the best in the business.”
“This year’s FTTH Top 100 reflects a healthy and growing fiber-to-the-home industry,” said Masha Zager, editor of Broadband Communities magazine, which sponsors the Top 100 award. “There was no shortage of strong candidates for the Top 100 slots in 2019, and winnowing the list to 100 was more difficult than ever – for Smithville to be on this list reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to high standards of performance and innovation.”
To receive the honor, 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,” or provide other outstanding performance factors, according to Zager. Editorial and technical experts in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment make the final decisions.
Zager continued: “Smithville stood out as an early adopter and provider of commercial and residential fiber service. Smithville takes risks and aggressively seeks fiber-based innovation and transformation, which is what one would expect from a company that demonstrates national leadership.”
“Based on Smithville’s private investments totaling upward of a quarter of a billion dollars in its fiber network in Indiana, our vision going forward reflects a renewed commitment to advancing fast and reliable high-speed broadband and related product offerings in our service areas,” said Paul Quick, president of Smithville. “We create value by providing legendary service, embracing innovation, and creating partnerships that can transform communities. This is reflected in Smithville’s national recognition as a Top 100 broadband company.”
Founded in 1922, privately owned Smithville was the first in Indiana to offer up full gigabit service for all residential fiber customers and is unique in that Smithville service has no data and speed caps, and every residential customer is served with the best available speed on the local network. In addition to its nationally recognized residential service, the company provides enterprise-level high-speed ﬁber-based connectivity and network consulting for businesses, university campuses, biotechnology companies, health care providers and government offices. The company is actively engaged in supporting telehealth expansion.
Nationally recognized for more than a decade as a Top 100 Broadband Company, privately owned Smithville is Indiana’s largest independent telecom company with more than 200 employees. As a fifth-generation, family-owned business, Smithville has been committed to delivering fast and reliable connectivity and legendary service to its customers for nearly a century. The company is well-known as an industry leader and community supporter for rural Indiana.
Since the early 1990s, Smithville has constructed more than 2,800 miles of high-speed, high-capacity fiber across more than 22 Indiana counties, representing private investments totaling upward of a quarter of a billion dollars, including recent completion of a $4.5 million, 100-gigabit fiber ring.
In addition to its residential services, Smithville provides commercial fiber-based connectivity for businesses, university campuses, biotechnology companies, healthcare providers, government offices, residential centers, communities, and other entities, including the WestGate@Crane Technology Park and the Purdue Research Park. The company currently serves about 23,000 businesses and residences in southern and central Indiana. For more information, please visit www.smithville.com.