New fiber optic network along Indiana Toll Road corridor to create new economic opportunities for region
Hammond, Ind. – Leaders from Digital Crossroad and Vivacity Networks today announced a historic partnership to create the Digital Crossroad Fiber Network that once completed will activate the fiber conduit that is part of the Indiana Toll Road.
“The Digital Crossroad Fiber Network is an unprecedented stride in our state’s march toward broadband access for every Hoosier,” said Tom Dakich, Managing Member for Digital Crossroad. “This revolutionary project will bring the world’s fastest fiber networks closer than ever to every community along the Indiana Toll Road corridor.”
The announcement was accompanied by a series of roundtable events in Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Hammond featuring Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch along with state and local officials. Broadband expansion is a key priority for Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch.
“Hoosiers know that access to high-speed internet is a critical factor, not just for economic development and businesses, but also for the quality of life of our families and communities,” said Lt. Governor Crouch. “Indiana has already made significant commitments to broadband expansion and will continue supporting collaborative efforts like these as we work together to connect all Hoosiers.”
The Digital Crossroads Fiber Network will serve as a wholesale, open-access facility that will enable local internet service providers (ISPs), utility providers, wireless network providers, municipalities, schools and libraries, and more, to have easier and more cost-effective connection to the fastest fiber networks available.
In the partnership, Vivacity Networks will invest in the activation of the fiber and conduit that is part of the Indiana Toll Road and Digital Crossroad will complete this connection to the “backbone of the internet,” located at 350 East Cermack Road in Chicago.
“For the past several years, the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company, Digital Crossroads, Vivacity and others have been developing the key pieces of communications infrastructure to unlock the potential of the Crossroads of America.” said Scott Bergs, C.E.O. of Vivacity Networks. “We are thrilled to partner with Digital Crossroad to bring those pieces together to fuel Indiana’s growth technology, economy and livability.”
The Indiana Toll Road begins at the state’s border with Illinois in the west and runs approximately 156 miles as Interstate 90 to the state’s border with Ohio in the east, passing through seven Indiana counties.
Digital Crossroad is a wholesale colocation company comprised of proven industry veterans who are committed to delivering sustainable data center solutions that reduce environmental and economic cost. For more information, please visit https://digitalcrossroad.com.
Vivacity Networks addresses a specific industry need for communications assets by owning, operating, maintaining and offering carrier-neutral infrastructure on a wholesale basis, supporting the customized needs of multiple users. Vivacity Networks works with customers to optimize their CAPEX/OPEX and develop their rights of way and related infrastructure.