SHIPSHEWANA — Just two weeks after telling Shipshewana officials a proposed high-speed internet connection to the community was unlikely to happen, LigTel Communications engineers reversed course and announced the Ligonier-based communications firm will be bringing a high-speed fiberoptic connection to customers in Shipshewana starting next spring.
That was just the news Shipshewana Town Manager Bob Shanahan was hoping to hear.
Shipshewana officials have made it no secret the town sees high-speed internet as one of the key ingredients to its plans for future growth and development.
“It’s good news. We’re very pleased. If you don’t have high-speed internet, you’re never going to encourage people and companies from the outside to come in,” Shanahan said. “We can’t grow without it. We’ve entered into a very technical age and if you can’t offer that to residential and industrial prospects you have, they’ll just go elsewhere.”
So what prompted LigTel’s change of heart?