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Ritter Communications is investing $12 M to implement a major network upgrade

Updated: May 31, 2021

LAKE CITY,AR- The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of new ways of thinking outside the box like working from home and virtual learning. But that includes successful internet access.

Ritter Communications is investing $12 M to implement a major network upgrade in 45 rural Northeast Arkansas and West Tennessee communities, like Lake City, Trumann, and Manila.

“Based on a partnership, Grain Management, we entered into in 2019 with management, which is a primary investor in Ritter Communications at this point. We now have increased access to capital. So, for the first time in a long time, we were able to consider some of these network upgrades that previously might not have been an option,” CEO, Alan Morse said.

This will include state-of-the-art technology, highly advanced equipment to deliver internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit for residential customers.

Ritter customers in those communities will receive a postcard with a link leading to a website with updates and announcements.

One Lake City resident who has been with Ritter Communication for about 15 is looking forward to the service update.

“I think that’ll be a really beneficial thing for all families, people who are using virtual learning or people who work from home. I just think it’ll be a great idea,” Lake city resident, said.

Ritter asks customers to look for Ritter Communication trucks and work crews working in the area.

Morse says this investment will be a great help to compete and participate for those communities including recruiting businesses or keeping businesses in town.

“Broadband internet speeds or high-speed broadband is essential for these communities especially rural communities to stay relevant, from an economic development standpoint, from the ability for those communities to attract and retain residents whether than having to go to the big city to try and obtain these kinds of services,” Morse said.

They started the system upgrade in February and plan to have them all complete by summer 2022.


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