Fiber for Cadiz

Alan Gates, Pennyrile Electric president and CEO, speaks during an announcement Nov. 18 of internet fiber for Cadiz and Trigg County as Jeff Hurd (left), Hopkinsville Electric System general manager, waits to speak.

Representatives of Hopkinsville Electric System and the Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corp., were on hand Wednesday to announce plans for internet service in Trigg County.

“We’re looking for some cheerleaders in the community,” explained Alan Gates, president and CEO of Pennyrile Electric, during an announcement of the expansion project that took place in front of the Trigg County Justice Center.

Gates said the project will be supported by grants and other funding, and he noted that the cooperative’s partnership with HES will make it possible to get internet service to its Pennyrile customers quickly, given the expertise HES has in fiber internet.

HES has been in the telecommunications business since 1999, when the company created energynet to manage its internet services, according to information available on the HES website.

Jeff Hurd, HES general manager, noted that Gates and Pennyrile Electric approached his company two years ago about partnering with the cooperative for service in the community.

Pennyrile Electric had worked well with HES in the past, said Gates, noting that the electric system had provided service for Pennyrile Electric in areas where the cooperative needed fiber.

Gates also lauded HES for having its heart in the right place.

The company, he said, is more concerned about providing internet service for residents than about a profit margin.

Individuals on Nov. 18 were asked to log onto goenergynet.com, where they can find information about the service and express their own interest in acquiring internet.

They will then be notified when they qualify, and they can sign up to receive internet service, explained Richard Shaw, who is the telecommunications manager for energynet.

“We’ve got a pretty good plan for Cadiz,” he said, noting that the fiber has already been installed in some neighborhoods in the city.

He said plans also include expanding the fiber into the county in the future, although he said he couldn’t say exactly when that would be.

Shaw said there will be no limits on the internet usage; officials simply want to deliver the service to customers, he said, and they want those customers to use the service.

Energynet’s offerings include 200 megabits per second for $59.95 for homes and full speed service, with download and upload speeds of up to 1 gig for $99.95, according to Shaw.

Hurd noted that there are already some commercial customers receiving the energynet fiber service in Trigg County, and he explained that officials want to expand their efforts in the county to include residential customers in those numbers.

According to a press release, the energynet fiber internet service is already available to more than 4,000 residents in Hopkinsville and 1,200 residents in Todd County.

Hurd said officials plan to keep expanding the fiber service as long as they get positive responses from people.

Cadiz Mayor Todd King said he is excited about the opportunity for digital infrastructure in the community, while Trigg County Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander noted that acquiring internet service has been a problem for a long time.

“Fiber has been non-existent in our rural areas,” he told those gathered for the announcement, noting how important it is today for communities to have high-speed internet service.

“We’re thankful that it’s finally becoming reality, and that some of the fruits of our labor are finally coming to fruition.”

Individuals interested in the new fiber offering may also call energynet customer service at 270-887-0763.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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