Gibson EMC Awarded Kentucky Broadband Grant
8:50AM June 21, 2022
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced
today that Gibson Electric Membership Corporation has been awarded a grant of $4,650,880
through the Kentucky Broadband Deployment Program. The grant will help build a broadband
infrastructure to make high-speed, fiber-based internet service available to 1,763
Gibson EMC member-owners in Kentucky.
“We are thrilled that we will
receive Kentucky Broadband Deployment Program funds for this important project,”
said Dan Rodamaker, President and CEO of Gibson Electric Membership Corporation
and Gibson Connect (Gibson EMC’s broadband subsidiary). “Our member-owners desperately need
high-speed, fiber-based internet service; and it will vastly improve the
quality of life in our communities by providing opportunities for education,
healthcare, jobs, entertainment and more. We sincerely thank all those who have
made the grant possible and particularly Governor Andy Beshear, our legislators
and members of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority,” Rodamaker said. “We also are grateful to our local leadership
for their support and to our members for their patience as we have worked to
provide broadband service as economically as possible.”
Rodamaker said Gibson EMC and
Gibson Connect anticipate being able to start construction mid-July, after
receiving the grant parameters and signing the grant contract. “We’ll
communicate more details about the buildout soon,” he said.
Rodamaker said Gibson EMC already
has invested $3.9 million on a broadband middle-mile network in its Kentucky
service area and will match the Kentucky broadband grant (of $4.6 million) with
$6.4 million for a total investment of $15 million. He said this grant award moves Gibson EMC and
Gibson Connect a step closer to the ultimate goal of making the essential
service of high-speed, fiber-based internet available to every Gibson EMC member.
Gibson Connect is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of Gibson
EMC. It was formed to make high-speed,
fiber-based internet service available to members of Gibson EMC. Members can register for internet, phone and
TV service at join.gibsonconnect.com or by calling 731-562-6000. Registration is just $20 and will apply
toward a member’s first Gibson Connect bill when service is received. Sign up now to ensure you receive service as
quickly as possible.
Gibson EMC is a local, not-for-profit, member-owned and
member-controlled electric cooperative serving more than 39,000 homes and
businesses in four west Kentucky counties (Carlisle, Fulton, Graves and
Hickman) and eight west Tennessee counties (Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Haywood,
Lake, Lauderdale, Obion and Madison).