Daviess County rushes to high-speed internet

Daviess County rushes to high-speed internet

DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WEHT) – Conexon says they are moving forward with plans for a fiber optic network that will provide high-speed Internet service to underserved areas in Daviess County. The company will work along the existing right-of-way and will use poles owned by Kenergy Corporation.

“Today, we build and manage the construction of over 1,000 miles of fiber optic networks,” explained Jonathan Chambers, partner. “We have contracts to build about 10% of the country, but this is our first project in Kentucky.”

15,000 to 20,000 commercial and residential sites should be served within a year and a half. Officials say that outside of OMU’s service territory, the service will be available to all Kenergy members.

The Daviess County Tax Court will provide $10 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to Conexon to build and maintain the network.

“We’re going to start in the least serviced areas, looking at the border and county fringes,” Chambers told the Tax Court. “Our commitment is to build it in 18 months, but we’ll start in areas that don’t have broadband service.”

Chambers said the first stage of work is already underway with the engineering and assessment of existing poles for any clearance issues. Once the poles are ready, the construction of the main line will begin. Conexon is working with Ervin Cable Construction in Sturgis, Kentucky, to install fiber on Kenergy utility poles.

“What we’re doing has secondary economic benefits for the whole region,” Chambers explained. “Ervin will be able to train people from here to work here with fiber construction jobs. The industry needs more skilled construction workers.

Chambers expects that by late fall, Conexon will have broadband Internet service in parts of Daviess County. Officials say service plans start at $49.95 per month for 100 Mbps. Customers could also choose 1 Gigabit service for $79.95 per month or 2 Gigabit service for $99.95 per month.

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