Responding to a request for update by the Appomattox County Board of Supervisors at the October meeting, Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) Community Relations Coordinator Mark Thomas delivered, in his presentation, the bottom-line results of an independent feasibility study performed to determine, among several items, the projected cost of delivering reliable and affordable broadband connectivity to its member-service area.
At an average of $4,000 per connection, the study’s cost projection was, as Thomas’ presentation further revealed, far too high for SEC to consider undertaking the considerable task of delivering reliable and affordable broadband connectivity to its member service area without potentially compromising the financial stability of the energy cooperative.
According to a SEC release, the study projects a cost estimate of “$220 million to serve all of SEC’s approximately 55,000 services.”
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