4:44PM January 31, 2020
Hi, Ken. We can use the ReConnect funds to build broadband infrastructure in areas that meet specific requirements including very limited internet access. For this reason, the ReConnect loan cannot be used to construct fiber to entire zones. However, as we build the areas that qualify for ReConnect, we will use other funding methods to build the remainder of the zone. The zones that will be involved are the South Fulton, Troy, Obion, Hornbeak and Woodland Mills zones in Tennessee and the Fulton, Hickman and Clinton zones in Kentucky.
Our broadband project is in its second year of a 3,100-mile construction project covering parts of four Kentucky counties and eight Tennessee counties. The project is being done in phases and is expected to take another three to four years to complete.
Our members are driving the order of construction. Members can show support of this project and speed construction in their area by registering for the service at join.gibsonconnect.com. Zones that have reached their participation goals and zones funded by grants the cooperative has applied for and received are being built first. Ultimately we plan to provide high-speed, fiber-based internet service access to all of our members.