Local internet service — and changes that are coming to it — were the topic of discussion at Tuesday’s Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast.

Chamber Executive Director Mandy White said that Windstream’s new service, Kinetic, was the host at this quarter’s networking breakfast.

Employees from Kinectic discussed internet service in the area and addressed issues of speed before announcing that something new was coming for businesses.

Business customers may now contact Kinectic to request fiber optic service, a faster, more reliable internet service.

“We are like a lot of towns in the south, we have a lot of problems when recruiting to the area, and internet bandwith is not going to be one of them, so we appreciate you coming out,” Mike Smith with the Economic Development Commission said.

In addition, to the presentation by employees of Kinectic, White also went over new Chamber memberships and talked about her plans to grow the member list and expand the Chamber.

One of the new programs White has implemented is the quarterly networking breakfast.

White said the breakfast would be an opportunity for Chamber members to get together and share ideas and work together to improve the community.

“I’m going to work as hard as I can to keep increasing membership and make things better for businesses and our community,” White said.

White also introduced new members Kristy Thurman with K&K Company and Michael Sinema with the American Legion and let them speak about their reasons for joining.

“We wanted to get more involved in the community, we want to grow our footprint in the community,” Sinema said.

Other members talked about their reasons for joining and some said they felt like joining was a no brainer, especially for new businesses.

The next networking breakfast will be in April.

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