Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes, Alabama Representative, Tracy Estes, Paul Housel, representing Congressman Robert Aderholt, Steve Foshee, CEO, Tombigbee Electric, Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, Commissioner David Cummings, met Friday, October 25 to discuss a new Federal grant for Freedom Fiber and what it means to this area.
Tombigbee Electric the mother company of Freedom Fiber, has been approved for another grant in the amount of $775,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission to help fund the rural broadband initiative. According to Steve Foshee, this money will be used to. buy more equipment enabling a longer reach for the installation of fiber in Marion, Winston Fayette and Lamar Counties.
Mr. Foshee stated the ultimate plan for Freedom Fiber was to reach to Smith Lake, thus making fiber available to almost everyone throughout Winston County, This could happen in early 2020. Installations are progressing rapidly, however, with 1,000 square miles to cover, filling all the requests is not an overnight project. Several technical delays have held up the installations, but all applicants should hear from Freedom Fiber sometime soon.
To sign up for Freedom Fiber, find them on Facebook or go to freedinfiber.com. You will need to put you name and address on the application. There is no obligation to actually subscribe to their service. You will be contacted when your address is ready for an installation.