• GREAT LAKES ENERGY EXPLORING EXPANSION OF TRUESTREAM FIBER INTERNET

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    April 05, 2019
    For Immediate Release
    Contact:  Lacey Matthews, 1-888-485-2537, lmatthews@glenergy.com
     
    GREAT LAKES ENERGY EXPLORING EXPANSION OF TRUESTREAM FIBER INTERNET
     
    BOYNE CITY, MI | April 2, 2019 – Great Lakes Energy (GLE) is exploring the possibility of expanding Truestream fiber internet and voice service to their Boyne service area which includes rural parts of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties.
     
    Launched in 2018 in rural parts of Emmet, Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties, the fiber network brings high-speed internet, with speeds up to 1 Gig to homes and business that have long been without broadband connectivity.
     
    The fiber network stands to bring massive bandwidth, unlimited voice services, no data caps, and symmetrical speeds up to 1 Gig (1,000 megabits per second) for thousands of homes and businesses served by GLE.
     
    Beginning in late March, GLE will deploy field engineers to assess network viability in the Boyne service area (see image below). Contract crews will visit each electric service location to collect meter and other location data.  There is no need for contractors to enter member homes.
     
    “The entire initial exploratory process will take around 10 weeks to complete,” said Lacey Matthews, GLE Communications & Marketing Manager. “Our teams in the field will be working with technicians and network planners at our headquarters to understand the best way to move forward for members in our Boyne service area.”
     
    After the initial 10-week process, a second, similar field study will take place in the early fall. “If the findings are positive,” said Matthews, “Great Lakes Energy may budget for expansion of the fiber network in 2020, pending approval by the GLE board of directors in late 2019.”
     
    The members themselves, however, will also play a big role in how and where the Truestream network gets developed throughout the Boyne service area. Great Lakes Energy is encouraging those interested in fiber internet to register their interest on jointruestream.com. By voicing their desire to see fiber internet in their community, GLE members help the cooperative understand where to build next in its 26-county service area.
     
    “As a local electric cooperative, and now fiber internet service provider, our members are at the heart of everything we do,” said Bill Scott, CEO of GLE. “Truestream will not only enrich the lives of our members but may stimulate economic growth and increase home values, improving the local communities we’re so proud to serve.”
     
    GLE is confident the Truestream fiber network will build a better, more connected future for the Boyne area and beyond.
     

     
    Cutline for image: Pictured is the Great Lakes Energy Boyne service area which includes parts of five counties. GLE is studying the expansion of its Truestream fiber internet and voice service in this area to existing member of the electric cooperative.
     
     
    Lacey Matthews
    Communications & Marketing Manager
    Great Lakes Energy
    231-487-1316

    lmatthews@glenergy.com
     
    Contact:
    Lacey Matthews, Communications & Marketing Manager
    231-487-1316
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