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RiverNet Connect, a subsidiary of Lynches River Electric Cooperative (LREC), is offering free broadband internet access to eligible residents in Chesterfield, Lancaster and Kershaw counties. This service will be provided to eligible families of K-12 students, Pell Grant recipients, those receiving Lifeline benefits (visit lifelinesupport.org for eligibility requirements) and individuals that experienced a substantial, documented loss of income since Feb. 29, 2020. To determine eligibility, visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org. On this website, RiverNet Connect is identified as Lynches River Communications, Inc. Upon completion of the online application, you should receive an immediate notification of their approval typically via email. Once approved, the applicant should contact our member services line by calling 843-675-3200 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to complete the application process to receive free broadband internet. “It’s a fact that the quality of your home’s internet access has a direct impact on …

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Community is at the heart of our organization and at the center of our new community wi-fi hotspot initiative. These uncertain times highlighted the importance of working together, lending a helping hand, and adapting to the new normal. The creation of a top-notch fiber internet network has always been for our members’ benefit. We recognized the importance of providing high-quality internet to our communities last year, before we’d ever heard of COVID-19 or social distancing. Access to the internet isn’t a luxury anymore, but a necessity for equity in education, health, and economic success. This is why it is our mission to bring fiber internet to every member and every home regardless of where you live. Unfortunately, it will take time to achieve that goal so, in response to the urgent need we’re seeing now, in the middle of a global pandemic, we’ve created several …

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Perhaps our biggest and most exciting project of 2020 was the launch of our fiber internet subsidiary, RiverNet Connect. In the past year, we’ve hung over 290 miles of fiber throughout our service area to offer high-quality, high-speed internet to thousands of members. As a matter of fact, after months of planning and preparation, we’re excited to have connected our first member to receive service from RiverNet Connect. Though it will take time, we will continue to work until we accomplish our goal to provide world-class internet to every house in every community we serve. We are proud of all we have accomplished for our members and our community in the past year, but our work is not done. As always, we will continue to strive to better serve you every day. From your LREC family, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday …

Fiber is Faster Full Article »

Fast and reliable internet is more important than ever as many of us find ourselves spending more time at home. In the past few months, my family has become increasingly dependent on the internet for educational resources, entertainment, and connecting with family and friends. This new “normal” has made me even more excited to begin offering our members reliable high-speed, fiber internet at affordable prices through RiverNet Connect powered by your local electric cooperative. We’re on the way We have partnered with Fiber Optic Solutions to conduct all of our phase one fiber line construction which began in February of this year. 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, they were averaging anywhere between 12-20 miles of fiber a week! We’re expecting to begin connecting customers this …

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RiverNet Connect, powered by Lynches River Electric Cooperative, announced its residential and business internet packages and pricing on Friday, April 10, 2020. Residential packages start off at $59.95 per month for 300 Mbps upload and download, no contract needed. Other products include a pro-residential plan with 1 Gbps speeds (equal to 1000 Mbps), voice services, wi-fi boosters and a variety of business internet packages. Visit www.RiverNetConnect.com to view all products. Customers are not required to purchase voice service to receive internet. Each package requires a one-time install and equipment fee with their first month’s bill. “With RiverNet our goal has always been to provide affordable, high-quality and reliable internet service to our rural communities,” said Brian Broughton, President CEO of Lynches River Electric Cooperative. “We reflected these goals when creating these products and we hope our neighbors agree.” RiverNet Connect began construction on Phase One …

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Lynches River is proud to announce 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. “Fiber Optic Solutions is thrilled to be awarded the opportunity to work with Lynches River and FiberRise to build this fiber to the home project,” said FOS President Cliff Churchill. “We are excited for the opportunities that high-speed broadband will bring to LREC members and the community in which they reside. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the LREC community as we help to build the future of this area.” FOS was selected after an extensive search and interview process conducted by LREC and FiberRise, a consulting firm specializing in planning, engineering, implementing and managing fiber optic networks. “We are extremely passionate about making this project …

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