LaPorte becomes the first multi-gig Surf Internet city in Indiana

Surfing the Internet made LaPorte its first multi-gig city in Indiana.

The Elkhart-based telecommunications company is a successor to Surf Air Wireless in LaPorte and still maintains an office there. It has now rolled out high-speed multi-gig fiber-optic Internet in Maple City as part of a campaign to bring faster Internet service to underserved markets.

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This is a celebration of the transformation of the La Porte community, the future of Surf Internet and our ongoing partnership, said Gene Crusie, CEO of Surf. This collaboration is a shining example of how we can work closely with rural and underprivileged communities to provide residents with the best innovations available. Multi-gigabit broadband is the next evolution of the Internet experience, opening up limitless opportunities for personal and economic transformation.

LaPorte Mayor Tom Dermody, La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership officials and other dignitaries attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the milestone.

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High-speed, low-cost Internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity, Dermody said. As we work towards our goal of 30 by 30, or 30,000 residents by 2030, the ability to define ourselves as a multi-gig city will be instrumental in attracting businesses large and small to set up shop right here in La Porte. We are thrilled to once again partner with Surf Internet to reach new heights.

Surf Internet is now offering LaPorte residents and businesses 2Gig plans with faster uploads and downloads that would particularly benefit consumers using multiple devices at once for streaming, working from home, eLearning and video conferencing . It would increase bandwidth by 10x for commercial customers.

The company serves customers in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. It employs 140 people in its offices in the Great Lakes region.

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A new coffee is filtering in St. John.


Flora Plants has grown from a home business that sold houseplants at local markets to a brick and mortar store in downtown Valparaiso.


The store has been meticulously maintained, he said.


Funk My Life Eclectic Gallery opened in a side room at Rae Kicks Sass beauty salon in Valparaiso.


The new McDonald’s had a grand opening party a few weeks ago at 501 E.109th Place in Crown Point.


The Aster & Gray boutique recently closed, just one year after moving to a more visible location in downtown Valparaiso.


Elements Wine Bar served its last glass of wine in downtown Valparaiso.

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