Surf Internet unveils expansion in four communities

Surf Internet employees pose with (clockwise from top left) town leaders of Larwill, Pierceton South Whitley and North Webster for their recent groundbreaking ceremonies. Photos Provided
Staff Report

ELKHART — Surf Internet announced the start of construction in four communities between Warsaw and Columbia City.

The towns of Larwill, North Webster, Pierceton and South Whitley all held groundbreaking ceremonies to celebrate the milestone on Dec. 5, according to a provided news release.

Surf is investing over $3.5 million across these four areas to build over 2,500 passings by the spring of 2024, with additional passings planned in the coming year.

Catering to both residential and commercial properties, subscribers to Surf Internet’s high-speed fiber-optic network will enjoy speeds of up to 1 gig, with the prospect of multi-gig speeds in the near future.

“Despite their proximity to larger cities like Fort Wayne and Warsaw, these four towns have been underserved when it comes to high-speed internet,” said Surf CEO Gene Crusie.

“Where other ISPs have not seen value, we are committing our own capital to serve people who deserve to be on the forefront of digital technology, just as much as residents and business owners in larger communities.”

In a statement regarding the groundbreaking ceremonies in Pierceton and North Webster, Kosciusko County Community Coordinator Amy Roe said, “Kosciusko County, through multiple broadband planning activities, including the most recent HELP program, has identified unserved and underserved Broadband Investment Priority Areas. We are grateful that Surf Internet has chosen to partner with two of those areas, North Webster and Pierceton, to address those identified broadband needs and provide services for our residents.”

Randy Cokl, president of the South Whitley Town Council, said, “We are excited to welcome Surf into our community, bringing high-speed fiber to our residents and businesses. In today’s world, broadband internet is essential in all facets of our lives, as well as business and industry. We look forward to working with Surf and making South Whitely a great place to live, work and play.”