ARIS to Bring Gigabit Internet to South Arkansas

  • Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC)
  • South Arkansas Telephone (SATCO)
CAMDEN, AR – Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC) and South Arkansas Telephone (SATCO) have formed a new company called ARIS to bring gigabit internet service to over thousands of homes and businesses in south Arkansas. ARIS plans to start delivering services to customers in September 2016, with the goal of reaching all of 9500 homes and businesses of the OECC membership with fiber optic network services over the next several years. The initial packages will include options for Gigabit Internet services, video services with options for up to 70 channels, and digital voice with unlimited local and long distance.

“In the 1930s and 1940s it was the electric cooperatives that brought electricity to rural America, we’re working to bring better access to the Internet. This partnership leverages the strengths of both companies. By working together we can better serve our customers as well as our communities and the region. Companies looking to move to South Arkansas can know that they can get the same or higher level of connectivity services they get in large metropolitan areas,” states Mark Cayce, general manager of OECC.

Transformative Gigabit Services
“We’re adding Camden and Hampton, Arkansas to the list of gigabit cities that includes Austin, Dallas, Chattanooga, Chicago, Kansas City and Nashville," said Mark Lundy Director of SATCO. These services will be transformative for not only our customers but for our region as well. SATCO believes in partnerships with other entities to help drive economic development for southern Arkansas.”

In 2010 SATCO engaged in a public-private partnership with the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON) to maximize a federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant and installed a new 300-mile fiber optic artery across southern Arkansas. The partnership with ARE-ON enabled SATCO to expand and connect with OECC to provide gigabit Internet service to some of the most rural areas of the region.

Comments

Read what others have to say, and share your own thoughts with the community.

2000 characters remaining
Advertisement

© 2020 Broadband Properties, LLC

Privacy Policy

Web Design and Web Development by Buildable