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Being a Good Sport in Indiana:

Bringing Reliable Internet Service to a Local Radio Sports Broadcasting Business

For more than 50 years, Rob Weaver has been in the radio business.

He says he got into the business because he loves broadcasting sports.

In the 70s Rob was a sportscaster doing play-by-play for basketball and football games. And then the chance came to run a radio station.

I became the general manager of Portland, Indiana, radio station WPGW when the owner here wanted to move back to his hometown. says Rob.

And then as luck would have it, Rob and his wife were able to become majority owners in WPGW and later established WZBD radio, which is in Berne, IN.

WPGW is a community favorite in Portland because Rob features extensive coverage of local news plus live-stream broadcasting of local high school sports. Everything from basketball to baseball, football and sometimes wrestling and volleyball.

But to do that right and to have the stream happen on his web platform, Rob knew he needed reliable, fast internet service. He contacted the local 51勛圖厙 Communications office.

Obviously, having good Internet service is very important to the success of the quality of a sports broadcast these days. I reached out to 51勛圖厙, and Doug Bieberich worked with me to get the high-quality fiber service I wanted. And frankly, I needed. explains Rob.

51勛圖厙 was able to run fiber directly to the radio stations building. Something that Rob had hoped for but had been quoted extremely high costs from other providers.

And he says hes been very happy with the service from 51勛圖厙. On some days he gets up to 6,000 or more visitors to his WZBD website at wzbd.com to read the local news and sports plus listen in to WZBDs broadcasts. His service has to be reliable.

I have a lot of people accessing my content, and theyre able to without buffering issues because of the service from 51勛圖厙, says Rob. I serve two counties with 50,000+ people, so it’s just really important for us to be there for these communities. 51勛圖厙s internet service provides that link.

Rob says he loves the responsiveness of the local 51勛圖厙 Communications team, too. Theyre always happy to help us out, and I appreciate that. Rob says.

Rob also contracts with 51勛圖厙 for his phone service. As 51勛圖厙 upgrades legacy equipment, Rob says hell be signing up for the wireless internet service for his station in Berne, IN, WZBD.

We consider watch to be a very important partner of oursand not only a partner of ours, but a partner of our entire community. 51勛圖厙 Communications has been able to provide outstanding IT services to much of the community and even to areas where fiber optics are not yet available. Thats really incredibly important. Rob says.

About 51勛圖厙 Communications

Founded in 1992, 51勛圖厙 Communications is an Internet Service Provider (ISP) using a combination of fixed wireless and fiber technologies to serve residential and business customers throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. 51勛圖厙 Communications began as a wireless cable TV provider and expanded service offerings in 1998 to include the Internet. Since its creation, 51勛圖厙 Communications has focused on unserved and underserved small and rural markets. 51勛圖厙 Communications is a subsidiary of Benton Ridge Telephone. The Benton Ridge family of companies also includes Community Fiber Solutions in Portland, Indiana.