High speed Internet available soon, company says

Technical Operations Manager for Swyft Connect Internet told the Crossett City Council on March 14 that the company would soon be sending out information packets about high speed Internet service to residents. The installation of infrastructure to make the upgrade possible was provided by a grant through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.


Crossett residents may soon be able to register for high speed fiber internet. 

Last year, the city was selected to receive grant funding through the Arkansas Direct Connect program in an effort to bring more opportunities for high speed internet to the area. 

Internet Service Provider Swift Connect will soon be offering it to all residents of Crossett at a discounted rate thanks to the Arkansas Rural Connect broadband grant program. The Arkansas Department of Commerce received $19.3M in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds for ARC grants. The ARC grants required the approval of the state’s CARES Act steering committee and the legislature. Work to install the necessary infrastructure has been under way since 2020.

Rodney Govens, the Technical Operations Manager for Swyft Connect spoke to the Crossett City Council about the upcoming installation of broadband and the packages that will be available to businesses and residents. Govens said that information will be going out to residents soon.

The packages start at $59.99 starting at 100 MBps and increasing up to as much as 1GB at what Govens characterized as, “very low rates.”

 “I challenge anyone to go out and find a service providing 1GB of upload and 1GB of download speed for less than one hundred dollars,” Govens said.

In other news: 

-The council approved a resolution for the code of conduct for the mayor and council members. 

-The city has applied for a Community Development Block grant for improvements to the EC Crossett Youth Center. 

The City will host a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 18 on Zoom for the community to learn about the grant and what it means for the community. 

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