Building Beyond Co-op Borders

Outside of the LRTC tech linemen working on fiber optic lines.

Lake Region Electric Cooperative subsidiary Lake Region Technology and Communications (LRTC) strives to provide superior internet service, bringing the newest standards in fiber optic technology. The electric cooperative members came to their local trusted co-op asking for help over 10 years ago. Lake Region listened and constucted a fiber optic network throughout the co-ops electric distribution system. 

The word has gotten out that LRTC has the best internet and customer service in several communities. With this comes more off-system customers pleading for service. This is another example of how LRTC is going the extra mile, helping the residents and businesses outside of our electric distribution system gain access to better broadband internet.

LRTC has achieved success with several off-system builds, and Gibson Grove, a new housing development in Wagoner, OK, stands out as a success story. Gibson Grove was stranded in an area with no internet options. Developers built several duplex apartments, and no internet service provider, Windstream, ATT, or Optimum, would build service into these new homes. The developer came to LRTC pleading, and after a few months of construction, Gibson Grove residents and future lots now have access to broadband internet.

“Before Lake Region was available, my only option was a satellite system. We had endless problems with the satellite, streaming was brutal, and we spent most of the time waiting for the internet to load. Eventually, I paid to get out of the contract with the satellite provider! Lake Region is faster and more reliable at home than my work internet, so I often move Zoom meetings, etc., to my house for a better connection. Thank you, Lake Region, for helping us,” said Gibson Grove resident Michelle Suarez.

The approach is still the same now as we continue to build off-network; there are northeast Oklahomans who lack access to adequate internet, and if LRTC can help, we will consider it.