Fiber Optic Broadband Network Cleared for Construction by Fairfield County Engineer

Fairfield County, Ohio – Today, Intelliwave Broadband announces that it has reached an innovative agreement with the Fairfield County Engineer permitting Intelliwave’s construction of a new Gigabit Fiber Optic Broadband network to homes and business located in rural Fairfield County. As a result of this permit agreement, Intelliwave will begin construction immediately to bring this much needed broadband solution to 750 residents and small business in rural Hocking and Madison townships. This network will provide data speeds of up to 1Gbps (Gig) directly to the home or business with unlimited data usage as well as optional phone and video subscriptions.

According to Chris Cooper, Intelliwave CEO, “Community leaders really stepped up to make this happen. Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH), Jeremiah Upp (Fairfield County Engineer), the Fairfield County Commissioners, and the Fairfield County Economic and Workforce development leadership each recognized the tremendous need for improved Internet service for the citizens of Fairfield County and were instrumental in getting this project off the ground. In addition, Connected Nation’s identification of areas lacking access to reliable broadband supported the project’s objectives.”

“In the 21st Century, broadband is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. That’s why I am committed to bridging the digital divide in our communities.” Stivers said. “Today’s announcement is an exciting development in the effort to get more homes connected in Southeast Ohio, and I want to thank the Fairfield County Commissioners, Fairfield County Engineer Jeremiah Upp, Intelliwave, and everyone who was involved to make this possible.”

“The digital divide in Fairfield County has just narrowed,” remarked Mr. Cooper. “For fifteen years Intelliwave’s mission has remained the same- to bring high quality broadband internet service to the underserved areas of our region. The opportunity to expand our network with brand new, world class fiber optic infrastructure delivered all the way to the front door (FTTH) is incredibly exciting and we look forward to installing customers very soon.”

“There is strong demand for better internet service,” said Jeremiah Upp, Fairfield County Engineer. “Making these changes will require more work and risk taking on our end, but it’s critical to level the playing field when it comes to technology for our rural students, farmers and businesses.”

“The Connect Ohio study showed the opportunity we had in Fairfield County to improve technology usage for our businesses, workforce and students,” said Rick Szabrak, Fairfield County Economic and Workforce Development Director. “It’s great that we have an Engineer that has the vision to help our residents bridge that gap as well as a provider like Intelliwave willing to take the lead.”

Based in Athens, Ohio, Intelliwave Broadband is the largest fixed wireless broadband service provider in Ohio, delivering rural last mile broadband across 4,000 square miles of southern Ohio. In 2015 Intelliwave expanded their portfolio with the construction of Gigabit fiber optic networks in the Villages of Commercial Point and Amanda, Ohio. With speed packages up to 1Gbps (Gig), Intelliwave offers the fastest Internet packages available in the country.

Community leaders and residents can learn more about Intelliwave’s fiber projects and nominate their homes and neighborhoods for network expansion by visiting Intelliwave’s website at or by contacting the Intelliwave customer service team at 855-U-GETSPEED.

Hocking-Madison Fiber Project