March 13, 2019 - Centerville, Tennessee: If you were in a movie theater, one of the previews would include Meriwether Lewis Connect, LLC preparing to go live with its first broadband customers. Installations are being scheduled for Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative members living in the Phase I area of Waverly starting the week of March 18.
“When I made the announcement last August that we had formed a subsidiary to bring ultra-fast, affordable, reliable broadband to our MLEC members, the days of going live with service seemed a long way off,” says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “Now, after months of planning, construction and testing, we’re ready to serve our first customers. The co-op is proud to open new doors of opportunity for our hometowns.”
Construction is ongoing in both Hohenwald and Centerville by contractor Heritage Communications, with announcements about “go live” dates in these cities coming soon. New Johnsonville, Erin, Tennessee Ridge, McEwen, Linden and Lobelville (in this order) are on schedule for service by the end of 2019 to complete Phase I. MLConnect anticipates being able to serve all MLEC members by late 2022.
When designing the remaining phases, construction costs, existing infrastructure, time constraints, etc. will be considered. Another factor is the amount of interest in each neighborhood (number of online registrations). MLConnect encourages everyone to REGISTER. It is not an obligation to buy, but registers neighborhood interest and gives the broadband company a way to contact you when signups begin in your area.
MLConnect offers residential broadband 300 Mbps service at $49.95, 1 Gpbs service at $79.95, and phone at $24.95. Business products are also being developed.
“The availability of fast, affordable, reliable broadband is a game changer for our communities in terms of economic development, education, and healthcare and other facets yet to be uncovered,” says Carnahan. “We appreciate the trust our members place in us to see this project through.”###