Broadband Service Evaluation Continues
(November 1, 2017) — Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative continues to evaluate the opportunity of offering broadband to its members in five counties. Results from its August broadband survey, which garnered approximately 2000 responses, will be available soon and help determine its next step.
“Most likely, a feasibility study will be conducted in 2018 before we decide whether or not to offer broadband,” says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “I can understand why some think we’re moving slowly, but we have to be confident in our decision. The reliability, customer service, technology and price have to be quality, or we aren’t helping anyone. We would rather move forward cautiously than put our reputation on the line for a product that is below standard.”
When the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act was passed earlier this year, MLEC says members began asking “when” and “how much.” However, as written, legislation prohibits electric cooperative revenue from funding the venture. Therefore, either a subsidiary will have to be created or MLEC will have to partner with someone else.
“There are certainly challenges related to broadband in rural areas and much to consider,” says Carnahan. “We’re committed to doing our homework and making a decision that is in the best interest of our members and the cooperative as a whole.”
Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative, your source for safe, affordable, reliable electricity, is non-profit and member owned, serving over 34,500 meters in Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lewis and Perry counties. ###