Indiana now has a new regional fiber option. A group of 17 ILECs has banded together to form Hoosier Net, pooling their resources to create a state-wide, middle-mile fiber network operator.
Interestingly, it’s not Indiana’s first independent ILEC-founded statewide network. Readers will recall of course that Zayo bought Intelligent Fiber Network last year, which got its start similarly, and there is definitely overlap in the membership lists. For example, the members mentioned in the announcement are New Lisbon Telephone Company, whose CEO John Greene we interviewed last May, Sweetser Telephone Company, Fiberhawk (formerly Swayzee Telephone) and New Paris Telephone. Ohio’s Independents Fiber Network is also reaching across state lines as a member, interestingly.
Like IFN before it, Hoosier Net will partner with INDATEL for its reach beyond Indiana, the second newly formed entity to do so this season. NM Fiber was somewhat similarly launched last month out in New Mexico. The timing is no accident, as both entities will enable combined bids for federal and state funding under the BEAD program in a few months.
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