Nearly two dozen Internet service providers are teaming up to create a network that is supposed to increase capacity, Internet access and reliability. It is called Hoosier Net LLC.
Rob Shema, chief executive of Hoosier Net LLC, told Inside Indiana Business that Hoosier Net will serve as the “intermediate network” to connect these service providers to the Internet.
“There’s going to be at least $100 million in the state of Indiana to build rural areas with the Internet to serve customers that haven’t been served before,” Shema said.
Shema says Hoosier Net’s success begins and ends when consumers are happy with their ISP.
“They want to be able to control that connection and make sure it’s strong and good. They want to make sure we invest in equipment and new technology and things like that,” Shema said.
Shema thinks Hoosier Net could serve about 90% of the state when fully operational. Shema also wants it to reach a point of self-sufficiency where member companies don’t have to keep investing their own dollars to keep the network running.
The founding companies involved in Hoosier Net include Central Indiana Communications, Citizens Telephone Corp., Craigville Telephone Co., RTC Communications, Geetingsville Telephone Co., Independents Fiber Network, Monon Cooperative Telephone Co., Mulberry Cooperative Telephone Co., New Lisbon Broadband and Communications, NP Tech, Perry Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative, LightStream, Rochester Telephone Co., SEI Communications, Fiberhawk, NITCO and The Sweetser Rural Telephone Co.