July 8, 2019 - Broadband and phone services from Meriwether Lewis Connect are being installed daily in the Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative service territory. In-home and business services are now ongoing in Centerville, Hohenwald, and Waverly. Other Phase I updates include:
- Construction, the first step in the broadband build-out process, is ongoing in Erin, Linden, Lobelville, McEwen, New Johnsonville, and Tennessee Ridge. MLConnect has a target date to complete the construction phase in all nine cities by the end of 2019.
- Once construction is finished, cities move into the service drop stage, followed by in-home and business installations a few days later.
- The next cities to add in-home installations are expected to be Erin and Tennessee Ridge by the end of July, followed closely by New Johnsonville.
- Residents can verify if their home/business is in the Phase I area by registering or contacting their MLEC office.
- Phase II locations are being designed, and an announcement will be available in a few months.
- Phase III and IV will be developed as the project progresses; however, MLConnect will make fast, affordable, reliable broadband an option for ALL MLEC members – everyone all the way to the end of the line. Construction is expected to finish by late 2022.
- Residential services (300 Mbps and 1 Gbps) are available. Standard installation is free, and there are no contracts or data caps. Business solutions are also offered.
“We understand this is a lot bigger than social media, online shopping and entertainment for our communities. It is a game changer for economic development, education and healthcare,” says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “We are excited about our progress and the support we’ve received. We know that fast, affordable, reliable broadband can’t get here fast enough for the rural areas, and we appreciate our members’ understanding that we had to start in the cities to build a reliable infrastructure that will grow with demand.”