Slic's services are now available to 2,690 residents in
"We are growing at roughly about 100 subscribers a month,"
He clarified that some installations are upgrades for existing customers, rather than for new subscribers.
The company recently brought HD television stations north to
Slic's television service is available through franchise agreements in 23 rural service areas in the townships of
Service to the adjacent villages, which requires a separate agreement, is not available.
"A franchise for a town does not allow us to provide TV within a village that it may contain,"
Because the company often builds infrastructure in rural locales, Slic will often have its feet in multiple towns in one spot.
"Lots of times our service areas will touch upon the corners of three or four surrounding towns,"
Recently the company's network of fiber lines has grown through building small line extensions where it is economically feasible, such as on
In some instances, residents near a Slic extension will request a connection that takes the company significant time and coordination to establish. Estimates in these cases range from six to 12 months or more.
"It's a relatively long process,"
Though this is not the best news to new customers,
"We are coming," he said.
In these underserved areas, no more than 50 percent of the population can be using other providers for Slic's grants to apply.
"As of right now, it is certainly one of our major focuses to be the rural provider for
In other areas, Slic is right in the center of communities, competing directly with both
"We have some networks that we built out previously to compete specifically in the commercial areas of
He said Slic infrastructure in those towns was constructed specifically to compete in the business category.
"Typically commercial service is a higher-priced service than residential service, and so we could be competitive there," he said.
"They come to the house; they set it all up," Ms. Raymond said. "We used to have Verizon DSL and it's way better."
The company is planning projects in both
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