Recent News // Release: New Era Broadband Services Expanding Throughout Meigs County
Countywide Expansion Gives Access Options to nearly 1,300 Households and Businesses
Meigs County, Ohio — For more than a year, New Era Broadband Services has been expanding high-speed Internet access to residents and business owners in Meigs County. The company was awarded funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in late 2010 to expand in this rural part of Ohio, which was then largely unserved by any broadband provider. Immediately following USDA approval, New Era Broadband began deploying fixed wireless broadband equipment and activated tower locations with service.
Currently, the company has 9 active fixed wireless broadband tower sites, allowing service to more than 500 homes and businesses. Three additional tower sites will be operating within just a few weeks, marking the halfway point for the project. Existing infrastructure such as water towers and Ohio Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS) towers, as well as newly constructed towers, are being utilized to fuel the expansion efforts.
“Once the project is completed, we’ll be able to service over 1,294 residences and businesses,” said Dave Hannum, managing partner of New Era Broadband Services.
New Era Broadband Services is offering Meigs County customers the following in high-speed Internet services:
- Basic (1MB) service for residential $34.99/month
- Upgrade (3MB) service for residential $59.99/month
- Basic business (5MB) $99.99/month
- Custom business - priced as quoted at time
The company’s current tower locations include Racine, Five-Points, Rocksprings, East Letart, Bashan, and Darwin.
According to Connect Ohio’s 2011 Residential/Consumer Technology Assessment for Meigs County, 59% of Meigs County residents subscribe to home broadband service, which is less than the state average of 66%. Of those surveyed, 77% access the Internet from home, work, or someplace else - also less than the state average of 82%.
Connect Ohio’s statewide free basic computer and Internet training program for adults, Every Citizen Online, is an effort to help increase broadband adoption and use. The program will soon begin in Meigs County through a partnership with the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD). Training will take place at the Meigs County District Public Library, Pomeroy Library branch. To register for the free class, call (800) 807-9781.