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Orange County REMC To Begin Broadband Buildout

Deaton says the buildout will help students access the full potential of one-to-one technology. (James Vaverick WFIU/WTIU)

Orange County REMC is joining the growing list of rural electric co-ops building out broadband infrastructure. The REMC recently secured the necessary funding to enhance their current infrastructure.

President Matt Deaton says discussions to offer high-speed internet to members started in 2015. Many people in the REMC’s service area don’t have access to broadband.

But that’s expected to change over the next four years, when the REMC offers coverage to both its members and customers living nearby.

In total, Deaton says they plan to offer service to more than 14,000 Hoosiers in southern Indiana.

"The total investment is upwards of $30 million," he says. "$20 million of that being spent in Orange County which is the primary county we serve."

Parts of Washington, Crawford, Daviess, and Lawrence counties will also receive service.

The REMC is using private loans to fund the project. Construction will start no later than September.

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