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Historic Centier building in downtown Gary now fiber ready

The Centier building in downtown Gary was named AT&T Fiber Ready on Monday.

The historic Centier building in downtown Gary at 504 Broadway now has a high-speed fiber internet connection.

“We’re investing in high-speed internet in urban and rural areas across Indiana using the latest wired and wireless technologies, and we are proud to highlight the Centier building as one of many places in the Hoosier state where AT&T’s fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help local businesses drive job creation,” AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards said on Monday.

The fiber ready certification will be used to market the former Gary State Bank building, a 10-story high-rise that Gateway Partners LLC has been redeveloping for the last few years. The building is home to offices, event space and the data recovery center Block 504.

“Our AT&T employees in Northwest Indiana and across the state have been working tirelessly to deploy fiber and other infrastructure that deliver high-speed internet access,” Soards said. “Their dedication, combined with nearly $2 billion invested by AT&T in Indiana over the last three years alone, enables Hoosiers to connect and innovate.”

Gov. Mike Pence visited the 89-year-old building last October to celebrate Centier Bank moving a branch into the first floor and putting a Centier sign atop the second largest building in Gary. The hope is that the tower, much of which would be used as a data center, could help revitalize downtown Gary.

“We are happy to now be able to tout the Centier building as an AT&T fiber ready building,” said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said. “The Centier building is a beautiful older structure in our city’s hub, now offering the very newest in technologies. This additionally is an example of the capability that older structures possess.”

“This AT&T fiber ready designation helps us make the most of opportunities to bring jobs and investment to Lake County,” said Karen Lauerman, Lake County Economic Alliance president and CEO.

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