Earlier this month, Indiana suddenly saw the birth of two new consortium-based network operators: Hoosier Net and Accord. One can be forgiven for wondering why they didn’t just sit down at the same table, because last week that’s exactly what they did.
Hoosier Net has announced that Accord Telecommunications has become its newest member. Hoosier Net, LLC’s initial membership was made up mostly by independent local telecommunications companies, while Accord Telecommunications Collaborative, LLC is mostly Rural Electric Membership Cooperatives, although there was some overlap.
By teaming up, they now have some 35 entities represented, with an even more dense state-wide fiber footprint. They’ll be taking that footprint into the fight for federal dollars for broadband funding this summer and fall. Hoosier Net will also enable each of those entities to more easily take on business that reaches outside their own service territories.
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