From the News:
USDA Invests $61 Million to Bring Broadband to Rural Missourians
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested $60.9 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 11,000 rural households, 81 farms, 73 businesses, 16 educational facilities, 12 critical community facilities and two health care facilities in rural Missouri. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to common questions in the list below.
What’s the big deal about fiber and internet service?
According to the USDA website, nearly 40 percent of rural residents and businesses lack access to the same quality of service available in urban areas. Broadband has become vital to our economy and quality of life, so the USDA is working hard to bridge those gaps.
Residents will have greater access to health care, workforce training, global markets, faster download speeds, lower latency for better gaming, and so much more. Fiber is being used for these buildouts because it’s extremely secure and has so many possibilities for the future.
What areas are covered in the USDA ReConnect Grant?
With the USDA ReConnect Grant, Green Hills will be able to build 67 miles of mainline fiber to unserved and underserved communities in Livingston and Caldwell Counties. These areas include:
- Rural areas south of Hamilton
- Rural areas north of Chillicothe
- Rural areas in southwest Caldwell County
Our fiber will pass 418 locations that include residential, business, farming, educational, and critical community facilities.
How do I sign up for service?
Since we’re still in the beginning stages of this buildout, we would like for you to provide us with some information by going to www.greenhillsfiber.net, entering your address, and completing the form. We will contact you to complete an application when we get closer to the construction stage.
Why do fiber buildouts take so long?
We are working very hard to bring you Green Hills fiber as quickly as possible, but there are many steps that need to take place before service can be installed. Learn more about the Fiber Construction Process.
When will I receive service?
Under grant requirements, the entire project is required to be completed within 5 years. However, Green Hills is dedicated to building out this expansion as fast as possible and anticipate completing everything ahead of the grant requirement schedule.
I don’t live far from my neighbor. Why can they receive your service and I can’t?
When using grant money, we must follow the mapped area that was determined by the government. Anything outside of that area is funded by Green Hills Communications. Installing fiber is a very expensive project, so if there are areas just outside of the grant area, then Green Hills will work very closely with an engineering firm to build the most cost-effective construction plan for each area. There are several things that are taken into consideration. We have to determine the lay of the land. Will we be boring through rock, under railroad tracks, creeks/rivers, etc. We also have to obtaining permits and easements for the entire area. Learn more about the Fiber Construction Process.
How much does your service cost?
We have several services to choose from that are competitively priced to meet any customer’s needs. Once pre-construction begins in your neighborhood, we will send more information about our services. Make sure we have your updated contact information by completing the interest form at greenhillsfiber.net.
Can I have phone without Internet?
Unlimited phone service is not available without the purchase of an Internet package.
Do you offer TV service?
No, we do not offer TV service in our new service areas. There are streaming services that can be ran across your Internet service. Visit www.suppose.tv to determine which streaming service is best for you – they even have local channels!
Is there a contract on your services?
The only residential service that has a contract is our 50Mbps internet plan. All other residential internet plans do not have a contract.
Will they have to plow through my yard?
Yes, they will have to plow a drop to your home. But our goal is to treat your property as if it were our own. After digging the narrow trench required to install the fiber cable, we’ll restore your yard to a condition as close to the original as possible. Learn more about the Fiber Construction Process.
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