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Ground Breaking Moves

Pictured: (From left) Kim Grellner, VP Marketing Sales and Service, David Post, VP HR and Legal, Jerry Kadavy, VP Network Operations, Richard Ruhl, General Manager, JaNae Barnard, Executive Director of Major County Economic Development Corporation, Jerry Eubanks, Fairview City Manager, David Shepard, Board of Trustees - District #8, Gail Parker, Board of Trustees - District #4, Representative Mike Dobrinski, Board of Trustees - District #1, Brenda Walta, VP Of Finance & Administration/CFO, Blake Callaham, Division Manager Marketing and Service.

City and state leaders joined Pioneer Broadband Services Friday, March 26 to break ground for the new Pioneer Retail Center in Fairview, Oklahoma. This ceremony marks the beginning of Pioneer Broadband Services’ newest fiber-optic overbuild project.

JaNae Barnard, Executive Director of Major County Economic Development Corporation in Fairview is enthusiastic about fiber coming to the Fairview community.

“This infrastructure project propels other projects forward so being at the groundbreaking and seeing this project officially kick-off was an absolute joy,” Barnard said. “The turnout for the groundbreaking shows how excited all of Fairview is about fiber.  Pioneer is making a major investment in Fairview and we are thankful.”

The Pioneer Board of Trustees voted and approved an investment of more than $2 million for the fiber-optic overbuild project on Feb. 12, 2021. This project, once completed, will provide access to Gig-speed Internet to more than 1,400 Fairview homes and businesses.

“We’ve had Fairview residents asking for Pioneer Internet for years and we listened,” Division Manager of Marketing and Service, Blake Callaham said. “We’re thrilled to be bringing Fairview the most advanced internet on the market.”

Barnard believes fiber coming to Fairview will open “so many doors”.

“From an economic development perspective, I'm excited about the possibilities for Fairview,” Barnard said. “After I left the groundbreaking, I attended a Legislative Panel for Northwest Oklahoma. One key item discussed was the need for robust internet in rural America.  It was exciting to know that need was being met in Fairview.”

The cost for internet providers to build internet in rural locations is typically considered too substantial for the investment, leaving 14.5 million rural Americans without access to fixed broadband at the required 10 Mbps (download)/ 1 Mbps (upload) speed.

Pioneer recognizes this issue and wants to answer the need for rural Oklahomans to have access to robust, reliable, and affordable broadband.

“Pioneer takes great pride in being able to bring fiber connectivity to rural communities like Fairview,” Vice President of Marketing Sales and Service Kim Grellner said. “Pioneer’s current list of on-going fiber projects has exceeded a total of $100 million in fiber deployment investment.  Our core value of investing in rural communities demonstrates our commitment to improve the quality of life for residents by making broadband services available.”

Residents in the approved area will be mailed a brochure in the coming days providing additional information about the fiber process and the services available. Construction for the new Pioneer retail location at 806 E. State Rd. will begin in late April.

“Reliable, quality, high-speed internet is vital for rural communities like Fairview,” Barnard said. “I look forward to seeing the growth it will provide to Fairview’s overall economy.”

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