County Commissioners let Jasper take lead on fiber optic TIF

The County Commissioners decided to allow Jasper’s Redevelopment Commission to take the lead on developing a plan for a combined tax incremental financing (TIF) district that would encompass Huntingburg and Jasper and the county areas connecting the cities. The TIF district would be designated to develop a fiber optic network to homes and businesses in those areas.

Metronet, a South Bend-based internet provider, has met with Jasper, Huntingburg and County officials several time since April to discuss proposals to bring fiber optic service to homes in the two cities and the corridor along U.S. 231 between them.

The company has proposed using utility poles to run the fiber optic cable to Huntingburg and Jasper and has indicated the two cities of the county must be involved to make the project feasible.

Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz acknowledged this would be Jasper’s first foray into using TIF and it is an unusual TIF. “TIF usually involves real estate and you don’t have that,” he said. “The only TIF will be that cable and where it goes.”

Seitz stated the addition of fiber-to-the-premise to the city, regardless of what company provides the service, is a needed improvement.

If Huntingburg approves the process, the groups will work together to form an interlocal agreement to designate the TIF district. 

Did you Know: Google has developed a fiber optic service in Kansas City, MO. The company states the service could provide up to 1 gigabyte per second speeds. Here is an article in Forbes on how this improvement could affect businesses.

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9 Responses to County Commissioners let Jasper take lead on fiber optic TIF

  1. Forrest Kieser October 16, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Just to set the record straight, Perry-Spencer Communications already has fiber optic available in the area so if you are looking for an excellent company that is already in the area, look no further then PSCI.

    No I do not work for them but have worked with them through the years and they are an excellent company to do business with and get services from!

  2. Gary Aders October 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Perry Spencer already has fiber in the area. This does seem to be a dupilcation of effort. I have use the PSCI fiber to connect to for a past business in Jasper and the service was excellent.

  3. Patrick Ferguson October 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    In addition to PSCI, Insight Communications has fiber optic available in many parts of the area as well. I am also pretty sure that Frontier has some fiber around too.

    With the variety of services already available, it seems hard to justify the use of TIF.

  4. Ima October 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    And I believe another company, Smithville, came right up the middle of both Huntingburg and Jasper with F.O. a few short years back on the way from point A to the southeast to point B to the northwest, in anticipation of being in the hunt when the opportunity presented itself.

  5. Mary October 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Funny, I live in Ferdinand and I have fiber optic internet and the line is underground so no unsightly overhead lines. PSCI took a chance on our community and we are very grateful…..

  6. Adrian October 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Note the county commissioners lack of vision sees the cities develop in the county. Why are they worth voting for?

    In saying that, I am not sure why we need fiber. I have been told the county is covered in fiber, we lack the circuit board backbone to deliver high speed internet. It would be interesting to hear the amount of money this will cost. I know approximately it would cost for Frontier to finish building out the county… it isn't all that much. We just lack the vision in the elected majority to do anything to grow the county.

  7. Guest October 17, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    I thought we are promoting Local First and Dubois Strong???

  8. Jerry October 17, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    If we have Perry Spencer with fiber, Smithville with fiber and Frontier why do we need another company from so far away and have to use TIF to get them here.

    Perry Spencer is a great company from my experience with them.

    Support LOCAL first.

    I will agree with the above poster that the county officials aren’t doing their job so well. Maybe it is time for a change.

  9. Edward October 19, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    I doubt you are aware of how much it costs to build fiber out to the town, little less the community. If you are in the tens of millions of dollars then you are getting into the ballpark range. It isn't as cheap as you'd think. The county commissioners seem to be out of touch with the county, possible kick backs for themselves?

    Isn't it possible for one of these companies to over take this project instead of using tax payers money, essentially that is where it will come from.

    Remember this when voting come November..