GREENFIELD — A utility co-op serving the region is boosting internet speeds for fiber-to-the-home customers at no extra cost for the next several weeks.

From Nov. 25 through Jan. 15, NineStar Connect will provide 1-gigabit upload and download speeds for its fiber-to-the-home customers, said Ross Ferson, chief technology officer for the co-op.

A gigabit is the fastest internet speed NineStar Connect offers, and more than six times faster than its popular 150-megabit package, Ferson said.

Residential fiber customers will continue paying their normal internet costs.

David Spencer, director of marketing and public relations for NineStar Connect, said about 9,200 fiber-to-the-home customers will experience increased speeds.

Ferson said NineStar Connect wants to make the boost because more students are participating in school from home and more people are working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. College students will soon be coming home for holiday breaks and will also be able to benefit from the faster internet speeds, he added.

“We built our network over the years and invested in it in such a way that we have the capacity to offer this,” Ferson said. “It’s something we always planned for and built our network to be future-proof so we can do things like this.”

NineStar Connect did the same for fiber-to-the-home customers earlier on in the pandemic as well.

Along with internet, the Greenfield-headquartered utility provides electric, water, sewer, television, phone and security services in locations throughout east-central Indiana.
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