ARK-O to Host Internet Upgrades Launch Ceremony – Cleveland County Herald


RISON – ARK-O, the parent company of Cleveland County Telephone, will host a groundbreaking event at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 30 at 206 Pine Street in Rison to celebrate the start of construction to bring high-speed fiber optic cable Internet to the area. . The event is open to all Cleveland County residents.

FIBER OPTIC CONDUIT AWAITS INSTALLATION – Anyone passing by the Cleveland County Telephone Company Maintenance Yard at Fifth and Pine Streets in Rison has likely noticed these large reels of orange-colored tubing stored in the yard . Cleveland County Telephone’s Bruce Grubb said the spools contain what’s called a “fiber duct,” which is essentially the duct that the new fiber optic cable will go through. Grubb said there are approximately 296,000 feet of fiber optic conduit and cable that will be installed to bring high-speed internet service to businesses and residents in the towns of Kingsland and Rison. ARK-O, the parent company of Cleveland County Telephone, is hosting a groundbreaking celebration at 10 a.m. next Thursday, June 30 at the Cleveland County Telephone office on Pine Street in downtown Rison.

“Fiber will bring more reliability, better connectivity and give them more options for education, home working, online shopping and other online services,” said the vice president of ARK-O operations, Marcus Bott. “It kind of opens a whole bunch of doors and we’re very excited to be able to be a part of that, rolling out the fiber there.”

County Judge Melody Spears announced in August 2021 that Arkansas Rural Connect awarded the county more than $3.7 million to install high-speed fiber optic internet cable in the towns of Kingsland and Rison. Kingsland received $1,949,513 from the grant while Rison received $1,899,497.

Arkansas Rural Connect is a grant program designed to expand the broadband footprint in rural communities across the state.

Ken Gross with ARK-O said the fiber optic cable will allow customers to have internet speeds ranging from 100 megabytes to 1 gigabyte per second download speed. One gigabyte equals 1000 megabytes.

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