SIEC enters broadband partnership

Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative (SIEC), Dongola, has entered a partnership with West Kentucky & Tennessee Telecommunications Cooperative to bring fiber-optic broadband to underserved and unserved portions of southern Illinois.

The agreement was reached after months of planning, research and due diligence by the cooperative and its board of directors.

“It is a huge benefit for our service area,” said David Johnston, SIEC vice president and general manager. Our residents, business owners and children can connect. It instantly improves our quality of life.”

The project is expected to provide internet access spanning 187 miles to approximately 600 households, 40 businesses, 450 farms and 20 institutions within Saratoga, Lick Creek, Dongola, Wetaug, Ullin and Villa Ridge. It will include multiple Wi-Fi hotspot locations.