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FIBER OPTICS: County leaders hear funding request

December 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Commissioners heard a proposal for a fiber optic cable plan that would aid industry in the area.

Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, spoke at Monday’s meeting with Bill Overdeer of the Whitley County Redevelopment Com-mission.

The pair petitioned the commissioners for $40,000 to put toward the project. The remainder of the funds would come from grants and other sources.

The proposed network would terminate at Parkview Whitley and would cover the industrial corridor east of the hospital. Tio said part of the grant specified funds be used near a hospital.

“It is for rural hospitals and medical care,” he said.
The fiber optic cable would provide a boost to industry in the area and would also provide redundant cable, which is more than one source of fiber in case it were cut in one area.

The project is currently in the proposal stage with the county hospital pondering if it will join.
The commissioners thanked Tio and Overdeer and said the proposal would be brought up at the next County Council meeting, which will be in January.

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