(January 15, 2019 – Centerville, TN) John Mark Thigpen of Centerville is the first Meriwether Lewis Connect, LLC, employee and reported for duty on January 14, 2019. Thigpen will be serving as a Tier II Network Technician.
John Mark Thigpen of Centerville is the first Meriwether Lewis Connect, LLC, employee and reported for duty on January 14, 2019. Thigpen will be serving as a Tier II Network Technician.
Also, main line construction crews are beginning in Hohenwald. Work in Lewis County is expected to take about 8 weeks, and once completed, crews will move to Centerville.
“Our first employee and more construction underway makes this an exciting day for sure. Things are progressing on schedule and budget,” says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “Service for Phase I areas of Waverly is expected to be live by early March. Our commitment is to offer the same quality technical and customer service to our broadband customers that our electric members have come to expect.”
Phase I (in and around the cities) is scheduled for completion in 2019. As Phase I nears the end, Phase II will be designed, and construction costs, existing infrastructure, time constraints, etc. will be considered when selecting areas. Another determining factor is the amount of interest in each neighborhood (number of online registrations). This is why registering on the website (www.mlconnect.com) is so important. For example, if there are 50 houses on one road and only 4 registered, another location with 20 houses and 15 registrations looks to have more interest. High registration does not guarantee a neighborhood’s inclusion in the next phase, but more interest can increase its chances.
“MLConnect is committed to offering broadband service to all MLEC members, and Phase I acts as the infrastructure for the entire five-county project,” says Carnahan. “The electric grid was not built over night, and the same goes for the broadband system. However, we know better education, healthcare and economic development for our hometowns depend on it, and we’re dedicated to seeing it through.”