ConnectGRADD should remain an Internet option | News

The Daviess Tax Court is working to bring fiber-optic Internet to every Daviess County residence that is outside of the Owensboro municipal utility service area, but the Internet service initiative is expected to Long-standing ConnectGRADD wireless will remain an option for county residents.

“I guess they would continue to operate together,” Executive Judge Al Mattingly said. “ConnectGRADD is an eight-county consortium, so it’s not just Daviess County.”

ConnectGRADD, which began in 2007, is a partnership between WATCH Communications and GRADD that provides Internet services to rural areas of Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties.

Mattingly said residents of Daviess County who currently subscribe to ConnectGRADD services will have the option of subscribing to high-speed broadband internet or staying with their wireless services.

Over the past few months, Daviess Tax Court has considered proposals to install high-speed internet and Mattingly announced in his annual state of the county speech on Thursday that the project is expected to proceed “as soon as possible. “.

“There are holes in the wireless that you don’t have in the fiber,” he said. “Wireless depends on where you are in relation to a tower. “

Mattingly said he expects an item to be on the agenda for the next Daviess Tax Court meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 13. broadband partnership.

According to the ConnectGRADD website, the wireless coverage area available to residents of the GRADD region is 2,660 square miles.

The ConnectGRADD network is being upgraded to provide services capable of delivering video, and older equipment is being replaced.

“Certainly if this public / private partnership comes to fruition and we are able to wire all of rural Daviess with high speed fiber optic, depending on the price, I think you will find a lot of people rocking.” , Mattingly said. .

Nathan Havenner, Messenger-Inquirer, [email protected], 270-228-2837

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