Western Kentucky Connects to High-Speed Fiber Internet
8:40AM July 27, 2023
Gibson EMC provides Project ACCORD Update: Gibson Connect now Connecting Underserved Communities to High-Speed Fiber Internet
Gibson Connect is excited to announce it is actively connecting customers as part of the Gibson Electric Membership Corporation Project ACCORD, an initiative aimed at bridging the digital divide in communities that are critically underserved with broadband internet access. This project has been made possible through the generous support of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and a $4.7 million grant from the Kentucky Broadband Deployment Fund. More than 600 customers are now subscribing to our service with more being added daily.
Dan Rodamaker, President and CEO of Gibson EMC and Gibson Connect said, “I am thankful for the support from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the dedication and hard work of our employees and contractors as we conquer the challenges of meeting the need for fast, reliable and affordable internet services.”
Upon completion of Project ACCORD, rural areas of Fulton and Hickman counties will have access to high-speed broadband, effectively eliminating the digital divide in these areas. Locations in Carlisle County, along and west of Highway 51, and a small number of locations in western Graves County will also have access to Gibson Connect’s fiber network. The network and services provided mark a significant milestone in enabling economic growth and empowering residents and businesses to participate in the modern gig-based economy.
The ACCORD project is set to provide access for 1,704 homes and 270 businesses to Gibson EMC's state-of-the-art fiber network.
“By leveraging this advanced infrastructure, our customers will gain access to reliable, high-speed internet services, unlocking countless opportunities for education, remote work, telehealth, and entertainment,” Rodamaker said. “Our crews have been hard at work installing the network and construction is set to be completed by the end of this year.”
For more information about Gibson Connect services and to see if your home or business is in our internet service area, visit join.gibsonconnect.com. For more information about the Kentucky Broadband Deployment Fund and other broadband development grants in Kentucky visit broadband.ky.gov
About Gibson Electric Membership Corporation and Gibson Connect:
Gibson EMC is a local, not-for-profit, member-owned, and member-controlled electric cooperative serving more than 39,000 homes and businesses in eight west Tennessee counties (Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Haywood, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion, and Madison) and four west Kentucky counties (Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, and Hickman). Our mission is to enhance our members' quality of life by providing exceptional services that are reliable, affordable, and safe. Gibson Connect is a wholly owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of Gibson EMC, working to provide high-speed, fiber-based broadband service access to the cooperative’s eligible members.