Camden, Ark. — June 14, 2016 — Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC) and South Arkansas Telephone (SATCO) have formed a new company called ARIS to bring gigabit internet service to thousands of homes and businesses in south Arkansas.

“In the 1930’s and 1940’s it was the electric cooperatives that brought electricity to rural America, today it’s access to the internet,” said Mark Cayce, general manager of OECC. “This partnership leverages the strengths of both companies so we can come together and serve our customers and our communities. Companies looking to move to south Arkansas can know that they can get the same or better level of connectivity services they get in large metropolitan areas.”

ARIS plans to start delivering services to customers in September of 2016, with the goal of reaching all 9,500 homes and businesses of the OECC membership with fiber optic network services over the next few years. The initial packages will include options for gigabit Internet services, digital voice with unlimited local and long distance, and video services with options for up to 70 channels.

“We’re adding Camden and Hampton, Arkansas, to the list of gigabit cities that includes Austin, Nashville, Kansas City and Chattanooga,” said Mark Lundy, director of SATCO. “These services will be transformative for not only our customers, but our region as well. SATCO believes in partnerships with other entities to help drive economic development for southern Arkansas.”

In 2010 SATCO partnered with the University of Arkansas ARE-ON to create more than 300 miles of new network to provide service to educational and medical anchor institutions, as well as businesses across southern Arkansas.

Lundy said, “This partnership with ARE-ON enabled SATCO to expand and connect with OECC to provide gigabit internet service to some of the most rural areas of the region.”

OECC members may request the new service or get additional information about services and packages at www.arisark.us or call 877-252-4538.

About OECC:
Ouachita Electric Cooperative serves approximately 9,500 members in Bradley, Calhoun, Dallas, Nevada and Ouachita counties. Incorporated in 1939, the cooperative is based in Camden with a district office in Hampton. The locally owned and managed organization has 39 employees. .

For more information contact Mark Cayce at 870-675-7026 or visit www.oecc.com.

About SATCO:
SATCO is a family owned and operated communication provider that has been serving customers since 1916. Starting as a local telephone provider for this area, SATCO has increased its services over the years to give South Arkansas the state of the art digital communication solutions it needs today. SATCO’s voice, video and broadband internet access services keep South Arkansans informed, entertained and connected. And it’s all with provided with the hometown pride and friendly service you’d expect from people who are your neighbors.

For more information please visit www.sat-co.net or call 866-798-2201