History of SCFN
In the 1990s, a group of individuals in Steuben County thought about the growing importance of internet access. However, they knew that there were not enough people in Steuben County to attract businesses who would invest in a fiber network due to the large up-front cost of laying fiber. Another concern was that a municipal fiber network might be impacted by election cycles or term limits.
After many conversations with people throughout the county, it was determined that Steuben County Community Foundation (SCCF) would be the best organization to spearhead the effort to bring fiber to the area. The Steuben County Fiber Network was established as a Type 1 supporting organization at SCCF in 2001. As of July 1, 2017, the board changed the network’s name from Indiana Metropolitan Area Network (iMAN) to Steuben County Fiber Network. This rebranding better reflects the substantial investments of SCCF and the Steuben County government.
A Program Related Investment
Instead of relying solely on traditional financing methods, such as purchasing stocks and bonds, nonprofits can choose to invest in an organization or project that is working towards a goal similar to theirs. For SCCF, an investment in a community-wide fiber network aligns with our mission to improve quality of life in Steuben County by providing schools, government buildings, nonprofits, and local businesses with access to reliable and fast information transferal.
SCCF owns and manages the Steuben County Fiber Network. As of 2017, SCFN employs 150 miles of dark fiber, serving 85 customers with 125 connections. In return for its investment, SCCF enjoys a reliable source of funding for its annual operations as well as community grantmaking. Check out the interactive map below to see our existing connections.