Peoples Rural Telephone has completed its fiber optic buildout to more than 95 percent of the homes and businesses throughout its service area, with the bulk of its members already connected.
“More than 80 percent of our members are connected with fiber,” says PRTC Operations Manager Michael Stidham. “We encourage our members to contact us if they have not already begun to experience all the benefits fiber has to offer.”
PRTC has completed plans and specifications for construction of fiber facilities in all areas of Jackson and Owsley counties that do not already have fiber access. Construction to complete the fiber buildout to our entire service area will continue through the summer. By the end of 2014, all PRTC members should have access to fiber.
Competitors in bordering counties continue to claim they have a “fiber network,” but Stidham says PRTC offers the only network in the region that uses fiber exclusively, which provides broadband to every customer’s doorstep at the speed of light.
To date, PRTC has spent more than $50 million building out this fiber network. The funding has primarily been secured through a PRTC investment and loans from the USDA Rural Utilities Service. About $17.5 million came through a grant from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
“We are spreading the word outside our boundaries and throughout our region that Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative has the most advanced technology available,” Stidham says. “We are asking for the community’s help in an effort to boost our economy at home.”
PRTC will soon offer fiber optic service to every home and business in our service area. This new network gives PRTC the capability of offering a wide array of services, including an exciting interactive TV offering known as IPTV that is coming soon.
To learn more about how fiber technology benefits you, visit us online at www.prtcnet.org or call 606-287-7101.