Company: Fiber optics growing in region

Independents Fiber Network said it’s extending its fiber reach in the area. In this 2011 photo, fiber optics hang outside a Butler County Children Services office. FILE.
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Independents Fiber Network said it’s extending its fiber reach in the area. In this 2011 photo, fiber optics hang outside a Butler County Children Services office. FILE.

An Ohio company says it has in place more than 3,500 “fiber miles” of ethernet across Southwestern Ohio.

Independents Fiber Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Com Net Inc, has added 240 route miles totaling 3,551 fiber miles under its oversight.

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These additional facilities are mostly located in Warren and Butler counties with parts reaching into Montgomery, Hamilton and Greene counties, said the company, which is based in Wapakoneta.

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Tim Berelsman, chief executive of CNI-Independents Fiber Network, said in a release this week: “These facilities complement our existing facilities in Montgomery, Warren, Greene and Clinton counties. They also provide a much needed presence in Butler and northern Hamilton counties.”

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Added Berelsman, “At Independents Fiber Network, we are fully committed to increasing the reach of our ethernet fiber, which includes continuing to invest in markets where we see demand for our high performance networking solutions.”

Nathan Zehringer, transport manager for Independents Fiber Network, added, “Initially we will be integrating a portion of the route into our core backhaul network to bring our route through Dayton … while adding additional protection to our Lebanon.”

“This expansion allows us to improve our current services as well as provide various physical paths that allow for more redundancy, Zehringer said in a statement.

Independents Fiber Network was established in 2003 focusing on ethernet-over-fiber solutions including voice, video, and data services.

The company says its focus is “operating a fiber optic backhaul network dedicated to serving rural and underserved communities in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.”