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Great Plains Communications Expands Indiana Footprint in SEI

(Qnnflash) – Great Plains Communications (GPC), a growing provider in the Midwest, is further expanding its presence in Indiana by introducing Fiber-to-the-Home and Business services to southeastern parts of the state.

In an announcement made on Tuesday, Great Plains Communications revealed plans to extend its network coverage to the communities of Aurora and Vevay. Additionally, the company is set to leverage funding from the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program to expand its network and provide connectivity to previously unserved areas within southeastern Indiana.

With an extensive existing fiber network spanning over 18,000 miles and connecting 13 states, Great Plains Communications is a significant player in the telecommunications industry.

This expansion effort will bring a host of benefits to residents and businesses. By offering symmetrical internet speeds reaching up to 1 Gigabit, residential customers will gain access to highly reliable cloud services, streaming video, online gaming, remote work, and distance learning capabilities. On the business front, enterprises will be able to tap into a comprehensive suite of fiber-based services provided by GPC. Construction for all the upcoming projects is expected to commence by mid-fall of 2023.

Todd Foje, the CEO of Great Plains Communications, emphasized the pivotal role of fiber in driving community progress across various sectors. He stated, “Fiber drives progress for communities, from a residential, business, and economic development perspective.” Foje further expressed the company’s commitment to enabling remote work, advancing healthcare and education, supporting businesses, and fostering growth opportunities in the state.

The new Fiber-to-the-Home and Business initiatives will encompass Aurora and Vevay, while the expansion projects under the NLC Program will extend to unserved and underserved regions in Bartholomew, Decatur, Franklin, and Ripley counties.

Upon completion, residential customers will enjoy a range of services including symmetrical internet speeds up to 1 Gigabit, GPC iTV streaming video, security, voice services, and GPC Whole Home WiFi powered by Plume Home Pass. Enterprises will have access to services such as symmetrical internet speeds reaching up to 100 Gigabit, managed Ethernet, GPC Cloud Connect, SD WAN, and Unified Communications. To ensure top-notch reliability, all services will be closely monitored at the Great Plains Communications MEF-certified 24x7x365 Network Operations Center located in Blair, Nebraska.

The Next Level Connections (NLC) Broadband Grant Program plays a significant role in this expansion, providing financial support for broadband infrastructure deployment to previously underserved areas in Indiana. Great Plains Communications has previously utilized NLC grants in 2021 and 2022 to expand fiber services to more than 600 underserved homes and businesses in various parts of Indiana, including Columbus, Edinburgh, Flat Rock, North Vernon, and Shelbyville.

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