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 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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