Eighty years after Lynches River Electric Cooperative was formed to bring electricity to rural communities, our board of trustees voted to begin providing high-speed fiber internet, and RiverNet Connect was born.
We believe every house and every dirt road in our community deserves to access the same high-quality internet available to people in urban areas, and our mission is to do just that.
RiverNet Connect's fiber optic internet brings a new standard of rural broadband to Lancaster, Chesterfield, and Kershaw counties. With fiber, data is sent up to 1,000 times faster than copper and can reach Gigabit (1,000 Mbps) speeds. Fiber is better at handling streaming from multiple devices, cutting down on buffering and stalling, even during peak connection times.
Lynches River is the third South Carolina electric cooperative to start a fiber internet subsidiary, following in the footsteps of Mid-Carolina and Newberry.
Looking to the Future
Jun 7, 2019
Testing the water.
LREC launched a member survey to gauge the need for internet service in our area. Over 5,000 members responded with overwhelming support for the new project.
Aug 29, 2019
Fiber internet project earns approval.
The LREC board of trustees unanimously voted to pass a motion to provide high-speed, fiber internet service to LREC members in Lancaster, Kershaw, and Chesterfield County.
Oct 19, 2019
RiverNet Connect is born.
The name RiverNet Connect is unveiled by the board of trustees and Governor Henry McMaster at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Members.
Jan 10, 2020
Fiber Optic Solutions Partnership
Lynches River announces a partnership with Fiber Optic Solutions (FOS), a North Carolina based full-service telecommunications contractor that specializes in building high-speed fiber networks, to conduct all of our phase one fiber line construction.
Feb 3, 2020
One small step...
Construction is officially underway on Phase One!
Apr 10, 2020
RiverNet Connect releases products and pricing
RiverNet Connect, powered by Lynches River Electric Cooperative, announced its residential and business internet packages and pricing.
Jun 10, 2020
Faster internet is coming!
Thanks to FOS we have five crews working to build our network as quickly and efficiently as we can. As of the beginning of May 2020, they were averaging anywhere between 12-20 miles of fiber a week!
Jul 1, 2020
Practice makes perfect.
The final round of testing began with connecting a friendly customer in the Pageland area.
Sep 12, 2020
Open for business.
The first zone went live, allowing LREC members in the area to sign up for an installation appointment.
Sep 18, 2020
Just the beginning.
Connected our first official RiverNet Connect. A Pageland area family was the first to receive service, opting for the 1 Gigabit package so they can game, stream, and surf without lagging or buffering.
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