Southeastern Indiana REMC Investigating Broadband Partnership

News release from Southeastern Indiana REMC

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On Friday, February 21, 2020, Southeastern Indiana REMC entered into an Executable Project Plan (EPP) with Pulse Broadband, LLC.  This engineering project plan will take approximately 90 days to complete.  The results of this study will determine whether the co-op will enter into a joint agreement with SEI Communications to move forward with a fiber project in southeastern Indiana.  SEI Communications has a proven reliable fiber network currently in place and also operates under the co-op business model to provide services in the same rural communities as the REMC.  

Southeastern Indiana REMC conducted a member-wide survey in 2019 regarding the need for high-speed broadband internet service in its seven-county service territory of Dearborn, Franklin, Jefferson, Jennings, Ripley, Ohio, and Switzerland Counties.  Those results, along with staffing and operations considerations and funding and financial opportunities, have been extensively analyzed.  The Board of Directors is acutely aware of the impact of this decision upon the organization and its members.  Much like electricity back in the 1930s and 40s, this may be a service that the co-op can bring to areas other providers are not willing to serve.  High-speed broadband internet service provides many potential benefits for our community, such as enabling students to learn more effectively, bringing businesses and jobs to the area, and helping to keep young adults in our rural towns.  

As the investigation into broadband continues, we will share periodic updates as they become available.  

Southeastern Indiana REMC, headquartered in Osgood, Indiana, is a not-for-profit distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members.  SEIREMC is committed to safely providing reliable electricity and diversified services to the members and communities it serves.  The cooperative serves 26,000+ members in Dearborn, Franklin, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties.  For more information about the cooperative, visit seiremc.com.