Hollandale residents will get faster internet speeds

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The community of Hollandale, Wis. will soon benefit from a new partnership between Allied Energy and Mount Horeb Telephone Company.

The rural community will receive a boost that includes up to two Internet services and computer donations.

The new partnership announced Thursday will extend high-speed Internet services to nearly 150 homes and businesses.

“We are excited about this new partnership and the value it brings to our customers,” said David de Leon, president of Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin power company. “This is an important step towards bridging the digital divide which is particularly pronounced in rural areas and among financially disadvantaged customers and communities. This is the first pilot where we are partnering with a local broadband service provider and leveraging our combined strengths for the benefit of the community. »

MHTC will lease the excess fiber strands that Alliant Energy already has underground to be able to provide this fast and reliable internet service.

“It’s an exciting day for our customers who will have access to speeds of up to 2 gigabits before the end of the year,” said John Van Ooyen, CEO and Managing Director of MHTC. “MHTC and Alliant Energy are to be commended for their innovative partnership in delivering this fiber optic solution, solving this decades-long challenge of providing reliable, quality internet connection. We are proud to be their premier partner and look forward to helping our customers.

According to MHTC, many of the new customers currently rely on other means to access the Internet, or they simply do without.

MHTC expects construction to begin in late June, with expected performance be available before the end of the year.

In addition to this partnership, Alliant Energy is also donating computers to help bridge the digital divide. In partnership with local businesses, Alliant Energy donates old computers and other technology to organizations in the Mount Horeb area. These organizations include Hazel Green Library, First Responders, Hollandale Lending Library, Village of Hollandale, and Community Action Program of Southwest Wisconsin, Inc.

“Guided by our purpose-driven strategy to serve customers and build stronger communities, we believe our partnership with MHTC and our computer donations will make a difference,” said de Leon. “We will continue to do our part to help bridge the digital divide by exploring other partnerships that will succeed in making internet access affordable and accessible to everyone.”

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