INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 8, 2020) — Intelligent Fiber Network (IFN), a leader among Midwest commercial fiber network providers, today announces it is investing $5.7 million in Fort Wayne and partnering with the City of Fort Wayne to serve as an integral piece of the City’s core network. The investment includes new route miles of fiber in support of 5G expansion for a telecommunications provider that will further strengthen IFN’s overall network across Northeast Indiana. IFN will also expand its top-of-line fiber technology services with a network built for the City of Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Utilities and Allen County to enhance the city’s technological capabilities amid an impressive season of growth.
“Economic growth today depends upon high-speed connectivity,” said IFN CEO Jim Turner. “Strengthening our network in Fort Wayne is a real testament to the city’s growth, and we’re excited to be a part of it.” Turner added, “The Fort Wayne area has been a great place for us to enhance our business and our services, and we look forward to continuing to be a prominent technology provider for the City as well as our customers and partners throughout this region.”
The City of Fort Wayne sought a core fiber connection that could span from the metropolitan area to the City’s network data center in Indianapolis. In selecting IFN for this purpose, City officials found a partner whose fiber could cover the distance between the two locations, as well as six additional sites for the Fort Wayne Public Safety division. With its already prominent presence in both the Fort Wayne and Indianapolis areas, and robust fiber connections between them, IFN was the clear option to provide the necessary fiber services. This includes 10G fiber that will connect the City, Fort Wayne Utilities and Allen County in a dedicated shared network to streamline and speed up communications.
The Allen County Board of Commissioners stated: “With its strong track record of helping businesses and communities across the state of Indiana, we knew IFN would be the optimal partner in advancing our region’s technology even further. We are extremely excited to work with the great people of IFN and cannot wait to get started.”
“This partnership with IFN is another great boost in the momentum our City is continuing to experience,” added John Perlich, Director of Public Information for the City of Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne is well-connected to IFN’s network through IFN’s robust metro fiber ring that provides transport speeds of 5Mbps up to 100Gbps. This new fiber will expand IFN’s already significant presence in Northeast Indiana by enhancing the company’s fiber footprint, its customers’ network connectivity, and overall speed and redundancy in the area.
Since 2002, IFN has provided state-of-the-art technology services to businesses in the Midwest and is a leader in the highly competitive open marketplace of large enterprise customers, national carriers and international carriers. To learn more about Intelligent Fiber Network, its services, and its 21 member/owners, visit www.intelligentfiber.com.
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About Intelligent Fiber Network
Intelligent Fiber Network (IFN) is owned by 21 Indiana local exchange telephone companies and one rural electric cooperative. IFN provides high-speed fiber-optic backbone capabilities to these owners as well as to other telecommunications providers and business direct customers including hospitals, schools and government facilities. IFN’s network consists of nearly 5,000 route miles of fiber-optic line across more than 60 Indiana counties. IFN offers commercial service in Indiana and throughout the US via a network of national partners. For more information, visit intelligentfiber.com or call (866) 406-4636.
Madisen Petrosky, 260-579-8502
Dittoe Public Relations