Your local electric cooperative, Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative (MLEC), opened MLConnect for business this year. MLEC has been delivering safe, affordable, reliable electricity to this area since 1939. We are not-for-profit and owned by the members we serve.
Just like MLEC, MLConnect, LLC is a non-profit, wholly-owned subsidiary of MLEC. It will provide advanced communication solutions like high-speed internet and telephone services through a broadband fiber network to members in each of the counties MLEC serves: Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lewis and Perry.
Fiber optics is the latest technology in providing broadband services. It is considered future-proof, meaning that the fiber we install today will be able to handle increased data loads as the need for more and more speed grows.
Fiber technology makes it possible to deliver speeds up to 10 Gig (10,000 megabits per second or 10,000 Mbps). Speeds are only limited by the connected electronics that “light” the actual fiber. MLConnect’s system can easily provide 10 Gig service.
Fiber is more reliable than other types of networks such as DSL and satellite, by being less prone to interference and complications from lightning and other natural elements
MLConnect offers 300 Mbps and 1 Gig residential broadband services and business options, as well as phone services. Learn more in the PRODUCTS tab here!
MLConnect will offer Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). It is a technology that allows you to make voice calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (or analog) phone line. Residential voice is $24.94 monthly. Unlimited local and long distance within the continental U.S. with tons of features including call waiting, caller ID, call forwarding, 3 way calling, voicemail. Keep your current number option, additional line available. Taxes and other charges applicable. Learn more in Products.
No. However, the internet speeds with MLConnect will make video streaming readily available for services such as YouTube TV, Hulu, Netflix, etc.
It is watching videos or TV programs and playing games online. There is on-demand streaming like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu, where you can watch what you want whenever your want. And, there is live streaming which is watching or listening to live programming like you have on your cable or satellite service, except it is coming to you over the Internet. You might even watch your local high school games over the internet.
Streaming enables you to watch content on your smart phone, tablet, laptop or smart TV. Have an older TV? You can use a media player such as AppleTV, Roku, or a game console to convert the Internet signal to a TV signal. (You will need a media player for each older TV you want to use.)
Broadband will be available to all MLEC members in Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lewis and Perry counties, including those more rural areas other providers have overlooked. Click here to follow our journey!
First, let us know you are interested! When we are building fiber in your area, you will be contacted about signing up. Watch for announcements on our website, social media pages, and local news outlets. Learn more here!
MLConnect is building its fiber network in phases as MLEC works on its smart grid capabilities in each county. The plan will have crews working in multiple counties at one time, so not all homes/businesses will be eligible for broadband service at the same time.
Phase I (in and around the cities) is scheduled for completion in 2019. Phase II is being designed at this time, and Phases III and IV will be designed at the appropriate time. However, as shared, MLConnect will be an option for ALL MLEC members. Our goal is to complete construction by the end of 2022. It will just take time to cover all homes and businesses served by MLConnect, but we will come to your area.
To find out if you are in an area served by Phase I:
- If not registered on our website, click here and enter your address, select “residential” or “commercial” and then “Search For My Address.” If the next screen shows your ZONE as the name of a city followed by numbers (Example Waverly DA 11-3140), you are in Phase I. If numbers are shown before your ZONE name (Example 10-314 Brown Hollow), your location is in another phase. Whether or not you are in Phase I, pick products you are interested in and click “Submit.” (Not an obligation to buy but it gives us a way to contact you when we are working in your area.)
If not registered on our website, click here and enter your address, select “residential” or “commercial” and then “Search For My Address.” If the next screen shows your ZONE as the name of a city followed by numbers (Example Waverly DA 11-3140), you are in Phase I. If numbers are shown before your ZONE name (Example 10-314 Brown Hollow), your location is in another phase. Whether or not you are in Phase I, pick products you are interested in and click “Submit.” (Not an obligation to buy but registers interest and gives us a way to contact you when we are working in your area.)
If you have already registered, click here and sign in. From here, you can zoom in on the map. Areas in orange and green are in Phase I and Zones are listed.
Building in phases is the most efficient, fastest way to serve the majority of our customers. Phase I construction, which includes in and around the cities in our service area, is on target to finish in 2019. Watch for announcements on our website, social media sites, and local news outlets about other phases beginning. To be notified when we are in your area, register here!
No. MLEC members living in each phase can sign up for service when the build-out starts in that area. If you’ve registered on our site, you will be contacted about signing up when we move to your area. Also, watch for announcements on our website, social media pages, and local news outlets. Not registered? You can do that here!
No. MLConnect, LLC is a non-profit, wholly-owned subsidiary of MLEC. It will be a self-sustaining business. Funds from MLEC cannot be used to subsidize broadband services, and MLEC is regulated by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
MLEC’s existing fiber network (backbone) connects our offices and substations to support technology making the delivery of electricity more resilient, affordable and reliable. It is also being used to help MLEC create a more efficient electric grid to meet future power needs and innovations.
As a benefit, the fiber has the capacity to carry much more information than is used by MLEC. MLConnect will lease space on this fiber to be able to provide service to MLEC members who choose MLConnect as their internet/telephone programming provider.
This partnership makes better use of MLEC's investment in our fiber network.
Voice-over IP Telephone Service