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Craighead Electric to offer high-speed broadband

Craighead Electric will be offering broadband internet services, utility officials announced Thursday. (Source: Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation website) Craighead Electric will be offering broadband internet services, utility officials announced Thursday. (Source: Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation website)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

High-speed, broadband internet is coming to rural northeast Arkansas.

Members of Craighead Electric Cooperative will soon have access to "Empower", a subsidiary company.

At least 5,000 miles of fiber optic cable will be added to "Empower" users across eight counties with up to one gigabyte of internet speed.

It's a $100 million project for the co-op that will take seven years to complete. The first phase of the construction project begins this July to connect 700 Walnut Ridge-area customers.

Fiber Asset Manager Jeremiah Sloan says nearly half of their members have access to decent internet.

"By the end of the year, we hope to have some of those 700 customers online and satisfied with their broadband connection," Sloan said. 

The second phase will take place in 2020, while the third phase will take place in 2021. Utility officials said that all 30,000 customers should be online in 2024.
 
The utility's board of directors approved the plan, which not only includes internet but phone and ultra-HD television in the utility's service area.

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