Fiber optic network, internet Wayne County expansion plan explained

A fiber optic cable.

RICHMOND, Ind. — Charter Communications received a warm welcome Wednesday from Wayne County’s commissioners.

A four-person Charter delegation, led by Elizabeth James, a manager in government affairs, explained the company’s plans to extend its fiber network that makes 1 gigabit broadband service accessible to more than 3,000 Wayne County home and business addresses. Commissioner Ken Paust turned up the heat by jokingly asking if that would all be completed by year’s end.

That won’t happen, but Charter expects to finish its Indiana projects by the end of 2025. That’s two years earlier than required by the Federal Communications Commission, which provides much of the project funding.

“This is good news,” said Acacia St. John, the program manager with Forward Wayne County who is also involved with the Wayne County Broadband Coalition and attended Wednesday’s presentation.

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