It’s been nearly a year since Tipmont’s board unanimously voted to authorize the construction and delivery of fiber internet, video and voice services. In that time, we’ve completed a tremendous amount of work toward realizing the vision that you created for us. Your feedback through surveys, letters, phone calls, and in person was key to the board’s decision. Affordable high-speed broadband, in particular, is an essential service that so many of you need.
When the board made the decision, it was predicated on Tipmont constructing the network alone. Having spent two years completing feasibility studies and market analyses, we were confident in our ability, while also realizing that we faced a significant learning curve. However, you increasingly told us that you needed the service as quickly as possible.
Acting on your feedback, we saw an ideal opportunity to obtain the knowledge and talent that would accelerate our efforts to meet your needs. In mid-December, Tipmont announced our acquisition of Wintek Corporation in Lafayette. Based on our extensive history of partnership, common goals and shared values, it was an easy conversation.
Tipmont and Wintek have a long history of partnership. For over a decade, Wintek has used our poles for portions of their residential and business fiber network. Wintek has also consulted on our information technology systems and helped provide connectivity to various Tipmont resources, including our headquarters in Linden. The longer we worked with Wintek, the more we recognized how their expertise and knowledge of the fiber communications industry could immediately strengthen our labor force.
All of us will immediately benefit from Wintek’s skills in network engineering, fiber construction and the communication services regulatory environment. Wintek’s co-owners, Travis Bailey and Oliver Beers, are joining Tipmont’s senior leadership team. We will also utilize their existing and stable infrastructure, especially as it relates to fiber service. From Wintek’s perspective, Tipmont provides the scale and resources to achieve their vision of fiber connectivity.
Finally, Tipmont and Wintek’s shared mission is to provide essential infrastructure that has a positive impact on your life. You’ve likely noticed Wintek’s involvement with Food Finder’s Food Bank, Tippecanoe Historical Association and Lafayette Urban Ministry. Or, you’ve benefited from Wintek-provided free Wi-Fi at the Tippecanoe County Fair or public Wi-Fi in downtown Lafayette and West Lafayette. Our focus, commitment and dedication is to the place we all call home — our community.