Highline recognizes three Michigan townships as ‘Smart Rural Communities’

ESSEXVILLE—Highline Internet, the provider of fast rural broadband in Michigan and five other states, has named three townships in Sanilac County—Novesta, Buel, and Custer—as “Smart Rural Communities.”

These townships represent the areas where Highline has connected customers to its gigabit-speed fiber internet.

In early 2022, Highline was named a Smart Rural Community provider by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, formerly known as the National Telephone Cooperative Association. SRC is a national network of communities powered by rural broadband providers that are building a brighter future for small-town America. The program promotes rural broadband and its role in supporting economic development, education, efficient energy distribution and use, health care, and other important issues for rural America.

Highline delivers its subscribers 100% broadband, at one gigabit per second download and upload. As a result of Highline’s national recognition, all of the communities it has connected to real high-speed internet will now be celebrated as Smart Rural Communities in program materials and online at ntca.org/smart-rural-community, joining a national network of similarly innovative communities.

“Our fiber-based gigabit internet–that is, 1,000 Mbps–provides fast and the most reliable internet available, which Michigan residents deserve,” said Bruce Moore, Highline Midwest president and general manager.

NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield also recognized Highline for this achievement, saying: “We are so excited that as a Smart Rural Community provider, Highline keeps increasing the number of SRCs in their area that are delivering the fastest speeds in some of the most remote and rural communities of our country. I applaud Highline and all of the SRCs for their commitment to enabling cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their region and nationwide.”

To receive recognition as an SRC provider, Highline was required to affirm that it offers a minimum of 25 megabit per second download and 3 megabit per second upload broadband to at least 50% of its service area, that it has broadband subscription rates of at least 50%, and that it is committed to program principles of collaboration and innovation.

Highline’s heritage companies have been in the telecommunications business for more than 126 years and have built, owned, and operated fiber networks for more than 27 years. Highline currently serves residents and businesses in Michigan, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska and Texas. Highline is building 10-gigabit Fiber-to-the-Premise, lightning-fast networks to provide gigabit internet service to tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the country that are currently unserved, underserved or unhappily served. Highline is based in Essexville. More at https://highlinefast.com/ .

NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association represents nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA members are delivering robust, high-quality services over networks that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. More at www.ntca.org  .

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