It will be years in the making, but Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (CEMC) has announced plans to offer its members high-speed internet service in northern, middle Tennessee, which includes rural Cheatham County.

The customer base of members in Stewart, Montgomery, Robertson and Sumner counties could all benefit from this service plan.

After the State of Tennessee passed the Broadband Accessibility Act in April 2017, which allowed electric cooperatives in Tennessee to offer retail broadband internet services to its members, CEMC has been studying the opportunity and surveyed its membership to gauge interest. 

The interest was quite favorable, so CEMC’s Board of Directors voted to create Cumberland Connect, LLC in order to provide these much-needed services to its membership.

Cumberland Connect will provide high-speed internet, phone and TV service over a state-of-the-art fiber optics network, according to the CEMC website.

The construction of the entire network could take between five and six years, due to the large scale of the fiber optics network, which could be more than 5,000 miles of fiber cable.

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