Ozarks Electric announces details for new gigabit Internet service

Ozarks Electric Cooperative released this map showing the first phase rollout of a new gigabit Internet service.

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Ozarks Electric Cooperative yesterday released details about their plan to offer high-speed Internet, television and telephone services through their new OzarksGo subsidiary.

Ozarks Electric members in western Fayetteville, parts of western Springdale, Farmington and Tontitown will soon be able to sign up for the new service, which the company hopes to begin later this year.

The company will offer two unlimited data Internet packages: Basic and Gigabit.

Basic will offer up to 100 megabits (upload and download) for $49.95 per month. The Gigabit plan includes up to 1,000 Mbps for $79.95 per month.

Pricing for television and telephone services will be announced at a later date, according to a news release.

“By offering two Internet options with straightforward pricing, our subscribers can easily find a service that is right for their needs and their budget,” said Randy Klindt, general manager of OzarksGo. “Not only is our offering competitive in terms of speed and reliability, our region finally has a truly affordable Internet option where people will get what they pay for.”

Klindt said a number of factors were considered in determining the first phase of locations for the new service, including proximity to the company’s existing fiber optic network.

“We considered total cost, cost per home or business, potential subscribers, electric cooperative communication needs and office locations,” said Klindt. “We are not stopping there, though. We will build to all of our service territory as soon as possible.”

Klindt said members in phase one will soon receive subscription packets and information, and are encouraged to call 479-684-4900 to confirm their location. An online sign-up form will also be available soon. Residents interested in the service who are not currently Ozarks Electric members may still sign up to express interest in service, once the form is available.

The entire build out is expected to take several years at a cost of about $25-$35 million per phase.

For more information, visit ozarksgo.net.