March 10, 2021 - Rain, snow and the impact of COVID-19 have slowed construction, but Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative's commitment to bring broadband internet to those it serves is going strong.
Meriwether Lewis Connect (MLConnect), and MLEC subsidiary, is doing in-home/business internet and phone installations in all nine Phase 1 cities and in all but 11 of the 63 design areas of Phase 2 (Houston and Humphreys counties). The goal is to be live in the remaining Phase 2 areas by the end of April.
Phase 3 (Lewis and Perry counties, as well as the Pleasantville area of Hickman County) consists of 29 design areas, three of which utilize a time sensitive Tennessee Economic and Community Development broadband accessibility grant for southern Perry County. Grant area installations could begin as early as late March. Construction will then shift to and finish in Lewis County while right-of-way crews work in Perry County to prepare the remaining areas by late summer.
The remaining MLEC served areas of Hickman County are in Phase 4, and construction is expected to start in October.
"We knew this would be a long-term commitment and that building a fast, affordable, reliable 100-percent broadband network would take time," says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. "With COVID-19, the need to connectivity has become even more essential, and MLEC is pushing forward with the investment for our communities."
To be contacted when MLConnect reaches your area, register at www.mlconnect.com. Residential 300 Mbps and 1G services are available, as well as phone and business options.
MLEC is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that serves more than 35,000 meters in Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lewis and Perry counties. Learn more about MLEC and MLConnect broadband internet at www.mlec.com.