Organization Murray Electric System, Murray Kentucky
Communities Covered City limits of Murray, Kentucky
Goals of the Network

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The City had approached the incumbent cable operator about offering high speed internet service to the city. The electric department wanted to build a fiber backbone to enhance its electric infrastructure. The community wanted competition with the incumbent cable operator to get more channels, better quality of service, and most of all better customer service.

Goals Achieved

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First, upon announcing our plans to overbuild the incumbent operator, they began plans to offer high speed internet. At that point the electric department decided to move forward with our overbuild. Today, the electric department uses its fiber infrastructure to transport electric meter readings. Our telecommunications division has well over 60% of the cable penetration in Murray. Our customer service gets overwhelming positive feedback. Our telecommunications division experienced positive cash flow within 5 years of startup.

The Network's Impact
  • Impacted/impacting all four equally
Initial Investment Amount $7,750,000.00
Investment Covered Built most of the network with initial investment
Source of Investment
  • Bonds
Investment Repaid? Repayment date estimated
Should be repaid by 01/01/2021
Services offered
  • Retail sales of fiber to individuals, businesses, others
  • Other
Other internet related services

Cable TV, ISP, Home Security, Telephony in partner with private carrier.