Wintek, Tippecanoe County Partner for Broadband Initiative

March 8, 2022

 • BY Rob Ford

Nearly all Tippecanoe County homes and businesses will have access to broadband internet by the end of 2024 — thanks to a partnership between the Tippecanoe County Commissioners, Tippecanoe County Council and Tipmont Wintek.

Supported by $14.8 million in county funds, Wintek will make high-speed fiber broadband available by the end of 2024 in the following Tippecanoe County areas without current or pending broadband solutions:

  • North River Road
  • State Road 26 W.
  • Buck Creek & Surrounding Area
  • State Road 26 E.
  • East Otterbein
  • Montmorenci & Surrounding Area
  • Shadeland & Surrounding Area
  • White / Tippecanoe Border
  • County Road 1200 S.
  • Surrounding Area of Stockwell
  • Clarks Hill & Surrounding Area
  • Purdue University Airport West

The plan was approved by the Tippecanoe County Council on Tuesday, March 8, as part of a nearly $38 million spending plan designated to fund 12 county initiatives over the next several years.

This project will offer service to 2,536 residences in Tippecanoe County through 190 miles of newly built fiber-optic lines from Wintek.

“We are thrilled to announce this transformative project for people in these areas,” said Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh. “Tippecanoe County will be among the very few in Indiana to claim this kind of access, which is essential for strategic economic development, remote learning and working, and quality of life.”

A 2018 Purdue University study found that every dollar invested in broadband internet returns $4 in benefit — through increased home values, a stronger tax base, enhanced economic opportunities, and much more.

Wintek will add these areas to its existing broadband construction schedule — through which every Tipmont electric-service member will have broadband access by the end of 2024.

Wintek fiber internet packages offer speeds that start at 250 Mbps, which is 10 times faster than the state’s benchmark for broadband, and go up to 1 Gbps or 1,000 Mbps. All speeds are symmetrical for upload and download, creating seamless interaction for video conferencing, online learning and more. In addition to being the fastest broadband solution, fiber-optic technology is also future-proof — meaning regular system upgrades will not require replacement of fiber-line infrastructure. Wintek also offers local customer service seven days a week.

“It’s exciting that we can address this access gap and create new opportunities for people who call these parts of Tippecanoe County home,” says Kevin Underwood, president of the Tippecanoe County Council.

Candiss Vibbert, who lives off State Road 26 near its intersection with U.S. 231, is eager to enjoy improved broadband access for work, community meetings, family connections, and entertainment.

“This is a forward-looking initiative that reflects Tippecanoe County, Tipmont and Wintek’s commitment to making these areas a better place to live, work and play,” Vibbert says. “In the end, technology is about communication, and communication is about connecting us to each other. We’re grateful for the commitment of these partners. It is really wonderful to watch people work together and get things done.”

To view a map of the build areas in rural Tippecanoe County, please visit wintek.com/tippcouncil.

Rob Ford

Rob Ford

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Rob Ford is Tipmont and Wintek's communication director, a role he's held since 2015.

Rob has a bachelor's and a master's in Communication from Purdue University. He lives in West Lafayette with his wife and three children and has a life-sized Yoda statue in his office. Away from the office, you’ll find Rob working on his golf swing, jump shot, or hope for a Purdue basketball national title – all futile endeavors.

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