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NITCO provides fiber for East Chicago

East Chicago Chooses NITCO as Fiber Partner

NITCO provides fiber for East Chicago

Hebron, Indiana, March 5, 2018: Northwestern Indiana Telephone Co. (NITCO) is pleased to announce that it has signed a long term operating agreement with the City of East Chicago to manage the City’s new fiber optic communications and data network. The City of East Chicago completed construction of the advanced technology 17- mile high speed fiber optic broadband network in July of 2017. The East Chicago Fiber Optic Network (ECFON) is now active and ready to provide valuable service to its citizens. The operating agreement will now allow local businesses and residences to purchase NITCO services such as Voice, Internet, TV, and Long Distance using the city owned network.

NITCO shares the vision that Mayor Anthony Copeland had years ago of improving the speed, efficiency, and reliability of East Chicago’s communications infrastructure. ECFON will create economic development leading to job creation and growth as well as contributing to the quality of life in East Chicago. The backbone of ECFON is a 72 strand single mode fiber optic loop which includes the business areas of Chicago Avenue, Indianapolis Boulevard and Columbus Drive. The network is the first municipal network to become active and available for service in the Region.

“I am so proud we have completed this project. East Chicago is wired for the future and we are open for business. The possibilities are abundant, and we are looking forward to a return on our investment. Through this agreement I am confident our city will prosper and our residents will enjoy its benefits” stated Mayor Anthony Copeland.

NITCO President Tom Long was in agreement with the Mayor: “NITCO believes that offering high quality fast internet and voice services to local residents and businesses are top priorities.” Mr. Long added “Nitco is from the Region. We are local. All of our employees and customers are in Northwest Indiana. We have deep roots here in NWI giving us a more responsive connection to the communities we serve. For 80 years NITCO has worked with municipal, business and residential customers to provide the best in telecommunications services and that commitment will continue in East Chicago thanks to its new fiber network!”

The city is currently utilizing ECFON throughout city offices at a much more efficient speed, but more importantly, minimizing the costs of the associated communications for these applications. Some examples of these applications are as follows; data transport between city facilities, a centralized VOIP phone system between facilities, the networking of nearly 700 high resolution cameras communication on a high speed fiber network, automated SCADA communications within our utilities facilities, and Wi-Fi hotspots being installed throughout the city for public Wi-Fi access.

NITCO will begin offering services to business, education, commercial and medical customers immediately.

NITCO is a leader in high speed broadband Gigabit service in Northwest Indiana. For over 10 years NITCO has provided gigabit capable fiber services to customers including Porter County Government, School corporations in Porter and Jasper County, and Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure. NITCO is currently designing and operating fiber networks for municipalities in northwest Indiana. With over 10,000 residential and 900 business customers NITCO is growing by making significant investments in infrastructure in Porter, Lake, Jasper and Newton counties.

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NITCO Purchases TV Cable of Rensselaer

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Hebron, Indiana, January 2, 2018: Northwestern Indiana Telephone Co. (NITCO) is pleased to announce the acquisition of TV Cable of Rensselaer and Morocco. Since 1966 TV Cable of Rensselaer and Morocco has served the residents and businesses of Southern Jasper and Newton Counties. As a provider of ZING Cable TV, high speed internet and voice services TV Cable of Rensselaer and Morocco believed that being an active participant in the community it serves is critical to its success and the growth of the communities it serves.

Today NITCO will continue that tradition. As Northwest Indiana’s premier provider of broadband, telecommunications, fiber infrastructure and telephone service since 1939, NITCO has been serving the residents and businesses of Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton Counties and now welcomes the residents of Rensselaer and Morocco as new NITCO customers.

TV Cable President Steve Filson had this to say about the change in ownership- “For over 50 years our family has served the community well, first with cable TV and then with the onset of the internet. Today we hand the keys to NITCO with the knowledge that family owned companies like ours and like NITCO, believe in quality service and active participation in the community.”

NITCO President Tom Long echoed Filson’s comments- “We would like to thank the Filson family for their leadership for over 50 years in developing and growing cable TV and internet services. We also welcome the employees of TV Cable of Rensselaer/Morocco and the residents and businesses of Rensselaer and Morocco to the NITCO family. For NITCO, 2018 is ‘The Year of the Customer’ and we look forward to bringing to our customers new products and exciting service upgrades that will assure reliable service. We believe that our new customers will love NITCO TV, NITCO Voice and NITCO High Speed Internet.”

NITCO is a leader in high speed broadband Gigabit service in Northwest Indiana. For over 10 years NITCO has provided gigabit capable fiber services to customers including Porter County Government, the City of Valparaiso and Fair Oaks Dairy. Recently, NITCO was hired to design and operate the fiber network for the Town of Chesterton with completion of that network expected in 2018. With over 8000 residential and 900 business customers NITCO is growing by making significant investments in infrastructure in Porter, Lake, Jasper and Newton counties.

Contact: Tom Carroll
NITCO
Phone: 219-996-2981
tcarroll@nitco.com
www.nitcotv.com

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P.O. Box 67
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