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Valparaiso Fiber Project

City Economic Director Patrick Lyp and Larry Moore, formerly of Computer Services Inc., discuss high speed fiber Monday at the Valparaiso City Council meeting.

VALPARAISO | Work on a high-speed Internet fiber loop in the city could begin in December.

City Economic Director Patrick Lyp gave the Valparaiso City Council on Monday a presentation on "The Valparaiso Fiber Project," which began in early 2014.

The project began when Lyp, while talking to a company looking to locate in Valparaiso, said their biggest challenge wasn't land or utilities, or workforce or taxes. It was access to fiber.

Lyp said there are no opportunities to secure dark fiber, which is optical fiber infrastructure currently in place but is not being used.

The backbone of of a system in Valparaiso would be a fiber run up-and-down Ind. 49, which is near three to four major trunk lines which travel east and west including the South Shore railroad high speed fiber optic line.

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Request for proposals to build the project could be issued in October.

Larry Moore, recently retired from Computer Services Inc., in Valparaiso, told the City Council "it is vital to us to have high-speed, high availability, cost-effective fiber."

Among potential businesses and companies to benefit include the medical side, which Lyp said is one of the highest users of bandwith, "and certainly that need will not diminish."

Lyp said the entire Valparaiso business community will benefit, not just larger companies.

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Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.