Surfing the Internet, Local Investments Translate to Successful Fiber Internet Launch in Culver, Indiana

Surf Internet, Local Investment Results in Successful Launch of Fiber Internet in Culver, Indiana

Surf Internet celebrated the rollout of its fiber-optic Internet services in the city of Culver, Indiana with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 31. At the heart of the launch was over $530,000 from the Culver Redevelopment Commission, as well as nearly $800,000 in private investment from Surf Internet.

A story like Culvers is a testament to what can happen when strategic private and public investments are leveraged together to achieve what would otherwise be out of reach, said Gene Crusie, CEO of Surf. We are proud to have partnered with representatives of the Culvers Internet Task Force and the Redevelopment Commission, who have worked diligently with us to bring high-speed fiber Internet to their city. It’s exciting to see the transformative impact this will have on everything from education, healthcare and remote working.

Culver, like many small, often rural, communities in the Great Lakes region, has made fiber-free Internet access a top priority for both businesses and residents. With no interest from large ISPs to come to their town of about 1,200 people, they put together a task force led by then Town Manager Ginny Munroe to study their options. Ultimately Surf Internet was awarded the project, investing nearly $800,000 of its own funds to complete construction, along with more than $530,000 of Commission pledged funds for the redevelopment.

The fiber broadband project was the result of collaboration: a volunteer committee of people here in Culver, an investment from the Culver Redevelopment Commission and a great company like Surf willing to invest in Culver, said Ginny Munroe, former managing director of the city and former President of the Council. Fiber broadband was high on the priority list as we surveyed our schools, businesses and residents. The icing on the cake was the chance to work with a company like Surf. They went out of their way to make this project run as smoothly as we wanted and it showed why they have such a great reputation for their work.

Marty Oosterbaan, chairman of the Culver Redevelopment Commission added, Culver has always been an ideal destination for vacationers. Now it’s a great place for remote workers too.

The first Culver residents to receive Surf Fiber Optic Internet were the Luttrell family. Jennifer Luttrell, a local realtor, commented: We have been very happy with the Surfs Fiber [internet] service. With working from home remotely sometimes for streaming movies, our service has eased a lot of the headaches of not having to wait so long on the internet!

The work at Culver is part of Surf’s overall effort to build an advanced fiber-optic network to serve rural communities in the Great Lakes region of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Residents who wish to see if Internet Surf services are currently available for a specific address can visit https://surfinternet.com/ and click the Check Availability button.

About surfing the Internet

Surf Internet is an innovative fiber-optic Internet company that serves as an essential gateway to connectivity in the Great Lakes region of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The company is building a bridge to a completely open future by providing high-speed, reliable Internet to homes and businesses in underserved rural communities. Surf’s 140-plus team are local, which gives them an edge when it comes to customer service and region advocacy. Headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana, Surf also has offices in La Porte, Indiana, Byron Center and Fowlerville, Michigan, and Coal City and Rock Falls, Illinois. Learn more at https://surfinternet.com.

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