February 14, 2020 – Buffalo, IN – Pulaski White Rural Telephone Cooperative (d/b/a LightStream) is excited to announce its $19M, four-year project, to construct over 350 miles of fiber throughout Buffalo, Pulaski, and Star City. Beginning in 2020, and projected to be completed in 2023, LightStream will make fiber-to-the-home a reality for approximately 2,500 residents to receive fiber optic-based services that include gigabit (1,000 Mbps) internet and crystal-clear voice.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our fiber optic network and ultimately deliver fiber-based broadband to our most rural residents. This is a significant network upgrade that helps us achieve our goal of 100% fiber throughout our service area,” said Mike McCormick, LightStream’s chairman of the board. “Fiber is coming to all of our cooperative members. We’re very excited for them and the possibilities that come with this project.”
“Our members and customers want fast and affordable internet. Fiber-based internet is reliable and future proof but also provides increased security and value” said Brent Gillum, LightStream’s President and CEO. “We believe that Northern Indiana should have access to the same high-speed, fiber-optic broadband and communications solutions as those in metropolitan areas, and we’re committed to delivering exactly that.”
Over the past six years, LightStream’s fiber-internet investments have increased network performance and allowed the company to more efficiently serve customers in Buffalo, Pulaski, Monticello, Star City, and Winamac. More people are streaming video every day and coupled with 4K-video, bandwidth demands are increasing. “LightStream is well positioned to meet and exceed our customers’ bandwidth needs. The economic and social opportunities are endless,” continued Gillum.
The project is divided into four phases during the 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 calendar years. In the coming months, LightStream will notify customers about their phase year. Construction times will vary by phase, however, upgraded service availability is expected by the end of each respective calendar year.