Construction and installations are ongoing within Phase II of Meriwether Lewis Connect’s project to bring fiber broadband to Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative members. All areas of Humphreys and Houston counties not contained in Phase I are included, and the first Phase II service was connected in December.
The MLEC subsidiary is live in all nine Phase I cities across five counties and in 8 of the 64 design areas of Phase II. Construction for the remaining part of Phase II is expected to wrap up in January 2021, but installations will begin as soon as each design area is ready.
“We are excited to bring the fastest, most affordable, 100-percent fiber broadband to MLEC consumer-members as we work on smart grid capabilities,” says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “Our members have long needed reliable broadband, and the cooperative appreciates everyone’s support of the project. We understand what is at stake and are working as quickly as we can while maintaining quality. It isn’t a matter of ‘if’ MLConnect will be an option for every MLEC member but ‘when’.”
MLEC announced the formation of MLConnect in August 2018 with a target of finishing construction for all areas by the end of 2022. Because of demand, installations will take a bit longer, but the cooperative says it will take time to build such an expansive, reliable network across this rural landscape.
Phases III and IV will include the rural areas of Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties and be designed as the project progresses. MLEC is pursing grants to help with the project timeline and economic impact.
To be contacted when MLConnect reaches their area, MLEC encourages members to register at www.mlconnect.com. Residential phone and broadband services ranging from $49.95 for 300 Mbps to $79.95 for 1 Gbps are available. Business solutions are also offered.