Paragould’s utility provider, PLWC, has completed its 1 gigabit fiber-optic network to the city for its more than 11,154 residential and business customers.
Launched in 2017, U Plus delivers fiber-to-the-home gigabit broadband Internet access and Internet Protocol TV to the Paragould community. It took PLWC’s four years to complete the $10 million installation project.
“We are proud to offer U+ fiber internet and IPTV to the citizens of Paragould,” said Darrell Phillips, CEO of PLWC. “And even more excited that we were able to complete our fiber project in-house and under budget – which is unheard of – and showcases the quality employees we are lucky to have right here in Paragould, building our superior infrastructure and providing a reliable product for our friends and neighbors.”
UPlus offers three tiers of high-speed Internet access and streaming TV. PLWC offers UPlus via G-PON fiber service, which delivers speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.
“If speed is what you want, 1Gig is what you should consider,” said Marcus Dowdy, Manager of Broadband Services. “1Gig will give you the best online experience for streamers, gamers, social media users, and families with multiple users and devices in their home. We knew high-speed would be important for the future and working through the pandemic taught us faster speeds are necessary to ensure everyone has more than enough bandwidth for working and schooling from home.”
Another quality of life metric in Greene County’s largest city has now been met, Mayor Josh Agee said.
“Paragould has once again taken a bold step that will benefit our community for years to come,” Agee said. “From this day forward every new home and business in the city will have fiber connectivity availability. This is just another tool in our belt for recruitment of new residents and businesses. And I can assure you this isn’t the last step. Just wait… Paragould has a bright future ahead because of days like today, and I want to thank the team at PLWC for hitting this one out of the park.”