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We’re All in this Together

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 internet isn’t a luxury anymore, but a necessity for equity in education, health, and economic success. Which 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 free drive-in wi-fi locations for individuals in need of internet access. How does it work? Simply drive-in to the community hotspot location between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. seven days a week and connect to the “RiverNet-Free” network. Current Locations:
  • Union Baptist Church, 5003 Taxahaw Road, Lancaster
  • Bright Light Baptist Church, 4469 Kershaw Camden Hwy, Heath Springs
  • LREC Office, 707 S. Arant Street, Pageland
Each hotspot provides 300 Mbps internet speed and is capable of supporting up to 40 devices at one time. Access is completely free and there is no password required to connect to the network. At this time, all locations are operating as parking lot hotspots, but this could change as additional sites are launched. We do ask that everyone using the sites – outside or inside –practice social distancing and hygiene precautions, including staying in your vehicle or at least six feet from other users and wearing a mask if necessary. When can I get service at my home? The community hot spots are a good thing, but the best thing would be to have service available at your residence. We’re working hard to make that possible. Check our Service Area page to view the Phase One zones, including the green zones where members are eligible to receive service; this will be revised as coverage expands, so check back often. Members can also stay connected with us on the Lynches River Facebook page and the RiverNet Connect Facebook page for updates. As we continue to make progress on this and other projects, we look forward to the opportunity to serve you and our community in a new year. BRIAN W. BROUGHTON, President & CEO

Fiber is Faster

RiverNet Connect crew members with first customers.
Congratulations to our first RiverNet Connect customer! Pictured from left are RiverNet Connect employees Nick Dorman and John Cauthen, FOS contract employee Kevin Adams, the Eaker family and Greg Demby, a FOS contract employee.

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 season,

BRIAN W. BROUGHTON, President & CEO

Faster internet is coming!

Fiber Optic Solutions CrewFast 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 summer and be able to offer service to over 6,000 homes by the end of 2020. Phase one will offer service to homes in Chesterfield, Kershaw and Lancaster counties, serving many different communities, neighborhoods and areas throughout Lynches River’s service area. LREC members that have registered their interest at www.RiverNetConnect.com will be contacted to select their products and complete their registration when we are prepared to bring service to their area.

High-Quality affordable

We designed our products, pricing and policies with our own neighbors and families in mind. For us, that meant guaranteed high-speeds, cutting out unnecessary regulations like contracts and data caps, and reasonable pricing.

Our basic residential internet package features 300 Mbps upload and download at $59.95 per month. Other products include Pro Residential with 1 Gbps speeds, a variety of business internet packages, voice services and wi-fi boosters. Additional product information can be found at www.RiverNetConnect.com by clicking the “Products” tab at the top of the home page.

Stay in the loop

As we continue to move forward with RiverNet, we will do our best to keep our members up-to-date on new developments. We encourage our members to connect with us on Facebook by liking our RiverNet Connect page and Lynches River Electric Cooperative page, and by periodically visiting www.LynchesRiver.com and right here at RiverNetConnect.com for updates.

RiverNet Connect releases products and pricing

Brian Broughton
Brian Broughton, CEO, Lynches River Electric Cooperative

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 of their fiber optic network at the beginning of February. The first RiverNet customers are expected to be connected by the end of May and service will be available to over 6,000 homes by the end of 2020. At this time, only LREC members are eligible to receive service through RiverNet Connect.

The exact location of Phase One is still being finalized. Interested individuals should pre-register for service at www.RiverNetConnect.com. LREC members that have registered their interest will be contacted to select their products and complete their registration when RiverNet is prepared to bring service to their area.

RiverNet Connect’s fiber optic internet will bring a new standard of rural broadband to Lancaster, Chesterfield, and Kershaw counties. With fiber, data can be sent up to 1,000 times faster than traditional copper and the service can reach Gigabit (1000 Mbps) speeds. The network won’t slow down when streaming on multiple devices or because more people are connected during certain times of the day.

Proud to partner with Fiber Optic Solutions

Fiber Optic Solutions (FOS) contractors
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.

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 successful so we can provide our members with top-notch fiber internet service.” said LREC President CEO Brian Broughton. “We want to partner with people who understand how important this project is to Lynches River and the communities we serve. We’ve found that kind of partner in Cliff Churchill and Fiber Optic Solutions.”

Phase one construction will begin February 3 and will offer service to around 6,000 homes within the first year. At this time, only LREC members are eligible to receive service.

FOS will be looking to fill a variety of positions in the upcoming weeks. Interested parties can apply for these positions here. Please do not contact LREC to apply.

Members can pre-register for fiber internet service by visiting www.RiverNetConnect.com. You do not need to complete a pre-registration form if you completed an interest survey.

See the RiverNet Connect Difference

High-speed fiber optic internet brings a new standard of rural broadband to Lancaster, Chesterfield, and Kershaw counties. With fiber optic, we can reach Gigabit (1000 Mbps) speeds. Use our speed comparison tool to make the best choice for your family and run a speed test on your current internet provider.

“It’s truly amazing to get fast internet speeds from RiverNet in a rural area. Thanks, RiverNet Connect for bringing this service to your customers!”

– Steven M.

“We are finally able to stream live TV without buffering or blurred screens. Watching football this season is going to be wonderful!”

– Ashley F.

“It’s unbelievable how much faster the internet is since we hooked up with RiverNet. No interruptions, no slowdowns, just great service.”

– Linda B.

“We made the switch to RiverNet, and our speeds went from 2 Mbps to 294 Mbps. We really needed this, especially for the kids’ school work!”

– Lissa Y.

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