Ritter Communications continues investing in regional broadband with a $12 million project to upgrade networks in more than 40 communities in Northeast Arkansas and western Tennessee.
The Jonesboro-based broadband provider launched the network upgrade project in February with plans to complete it in summer 2020. This upgrade will impact 45 communities in Northeast Arkansas and Tennessee.
As part of the network upgrade, Ritter will be boosting internet delivery speeds to up to 1 gigabit for residential customers by adding new state-of the-art technology. This upgrade is expected to provide faster download and upload speeds and improved broadband reliability.
“This is a comprehensive effort that will benefit all customers in every community served by our cable broadband network. We are pleased to launch this major network upgrade offering fiber-rich connectivity to our customers, complete with the most advanced and reliable telecommunications services. Along with internet speeds up to 1 gigabit, customers can expect to see additional benefits such as increased reliability, added security and lightning-fast downloads,” Ritter Communications CEO Alan Morse said in a statement. “From education, to telemedicine, to working from home, our advanced speeds will improve our customers’ overall broadband experience. Ritter Communications thanks our customers for their patience as we work to provide them with the highest-quality fiber-rich internet services.
In April, Ritter completed a $28 million project, bringing fiber internet and cloud services to businesses in Bentonville, Fayetteville, Lowell, Rogers and Springdale. This project, begun in July 2020, brought XGS-PON fiber service to the five Northwest Arkansas markets.