ALVATON, Ky. (WBKO) - Warren RECC and Tennessee-based telephone cooperative NCTC announced a high-speed internet pilot project Wednesday for some rural areas of Warren County.
Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon has been pushing for high-speed internet in Warren County for several years.
"I am hopeful that this pilot project is the first stepping stone to universal high speed broadband throughout warren county. I am excited about this project and I want to thank WRECC and NCTC for their partnership," said Mike Buchanon, Judge Executive.
Warren RECC will lease dark fiber to NCTC, which will offer up to a gigabit internet service across Warren RECC's Fiber to the Home (FTTH) to Warren RECC members in the pilot area.
"NCTC will actually bill the customers they'll actually get a bill from north central NCTC. Warren Rural is going to construct the actual fiber facility that is going to be deployed in this are. We'll take that and deploy the electronics," said Johnny McClanahan, CEO of NCTC
NCTC will contact included residents in southeast Warren County as soon as the service is available.
If the pilot program is successful, the companies hope to expand the project.
"We already have all the poles and lines for our electric system so we will be adding the fiber and it's needed somewhat for our electric system already. It just made sense working with a company like NCTC partner to bring the service of high-speed internet on," said Dewayne McDonald, President and CEO of Warren RECC.
The pilot area covers around 800 homes. Warren RECC is looking to announce a date soon to when people can begin to sign up for the new internet service.