Close to 90 percent of Mayes County, Okla., residents are without access to high-speed internet. In neighboring Delaware County, 75 percent lack broadband service.
Their electric cooperative is about to take them from zero to speeds of up to 1 gigabit—the highest available to homes, businesses, colleges and hospitals–with nearly $4 million from the Federal Communications Commission.
BOLT Fiber Optic Services in June landed the winning bid for $3.4 million in FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiments program to build out to Craig and Ottawa counties. It is on the verge of approval for $834,704 to provide broadband to Mayes and Delaware counties.
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