The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about rural wireless and fiber internet from the CEO of Shelby Electric Cooperative at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.
Josh Shallenberger spoke to Kiwanis members about Shelby Electric’s Power-Net division that provides wireless internet to over 1500 rural homes and businesses in a multi-county area.
Shallenberger then showed maps and a proposal to apply for federal and state grants that would allow their Power-Net division to provide what’s called “Fiber to the Premise” or F-T-T-P fiber internet to their service area. Their efforts to secure funding go back to 2020 and continued thru 2022. Cost for the project as of March 2022 was some 12-point-8 million dollars.
He asked for the Kiwanis Club and other community groups, to submit letters of support for their efforts to bring fiber internet to rural customers in Shelby Electric’s service area. He added it’s vital for continued economic development growth.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.