Agri-Valley Services Fiber Net provides faster internet to Elkton

Agri-Valley Services has completed their latest project with the installation of a new fiber-optic network connection in Elkton, bringing faster speeds to village residents.

In October 2021, the village approached AVS about how they could provide the service because residents wanted other options for hardline internet. The new fiber internet connection allows for customers to receive faster network speeds, and Elkton is now AVS’s first fibernet community in Huron County.

“We went to a (village) council meeting and approached them with the idea,” AVS director Barb Main said. “They liked the idea, so we then sent out a survey to the residents. We got a lot of good feedback with people saying they wanted it.”

Agri-Valley Services has been providing internet in the Upper Thumb since 1996. The company began as a dial-up provider but then soon expanded to wireless internet. When the pandemic hit, the company figured out that certain communities could benefit from a fiber-optic connection and decided to expand its FiberNet service availability. 

With a few fiber infrastructures already in place in Elkton, it was a relatively simple project to complete. Work started at the end of May and was finished in the final weeks of July. The internet connection allows for 300 megabits upload and download speed.

Agri-Valley has installed fiber-optic services to several communities in Sanilac County and may expand into additional counties and plans to continue expanding its availability throughout the Thumb region in the future.

“It depends on the community and what they want, what’s already offered and more cost-effective,” Main said. 

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