The Smithville/UDWI partnership is bringing high-speed fiber-optic connectivity to more than 800 homes in the rural area east of Stanford in Monroe County. 

The two-year project began its initial phase in early 2021 with additional areas of the project starting later in 2021. The companies set a schedule that forecasts the completion of the full project of more than 800 homes by the end of

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Why are Smithville and UDWI partnering on this project?

Smithville and UDWI have some overlapping service areas. This project allows both companies to work together to bring fiber internet service more quickly and efficiently in common service areas. Building fiber in rural areas is costly. By partnering, each company can leverage their assets, lowering the cost of building fiber in hard-to-serve rural areas of the region.

Smithville is a member/owner in UDWI REMC with years of proven expertise in telecommunications. UDWI is a Smithville customer as well. Both companies share a similar, community-minded approach.

The partnership leverages Smithville’s expertise and UDWI REMC’s physical infrastructure to build the network and meet the needs of customers in the overlapping service area in a professional, fiscally responsible manner.

Where is the project area? How do I know if my home is in the area?

The initial project area includes roughly 800 customers in the rural area east of Stanford in Monroe County.

The announced project area includes homes presently served by copper-based service.

All homes included in the first construction were notified with a joint letter from Smithville and UDWI REMC mailed several weeks in advance of construction.

Information will also be included on the Smithville website using the “check availability” option.

How much does the project cost? Who is paying for it?

Smithville is funding this project through private investments made by the company. The construction costs are not being passed on to either Smithville or UDWI customers.

How long will it be before I can get service?

All phases are expected to be complete by the end of 2022. Smithville is still taking orders and installing fiber to the homes from Phases 1 and 2. Additionally, Smithville is now offering early sign-ups to any members in the Stanford Project area. Interested members can request to get on the list for fiber when it reaches their area by calling (800) 742-4084 or visiting the Smithville website

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