INOLA, Okla. — Internet access is coming to a rural part of Rogers County.
Atlas Broadband was awarded a $139k contract to build a tower and hardwire fiber lines to 88 houses in the Ruby Estates neighborhood in Inola. It is part of a bigger $32 million project to make sure all of Rogers County has internet access.
Atlas starts work on their project this week while Rogers County continues to take proposals from major carriers for other parts of the county.
“Atlas is going that last mile,” Rogers County Commissioner Steve Hendrix said, explaining that major carriers just don’t reach all rural parts of the county so that’s where the hard wiring comes in.
Hendrix said Ruby Estates is the most underserved part of the county when it comes to internet. The fiber line installation gives families there the option, whether they decided to go ahead and pay for internet service will then be up to them.
Hendrix said there will be low cost options as well as federal and likely tribal rebate options to help cover monthly service costs.
The County says it is using American Rescue Plan funding to help match funding in contracts with larger carriers. There is no timeline right now for when a contract with a major carrier will be approved but Hendrix did say they are in talks with one carrier already.
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