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Internet service to end

Friday, January 6, 2012

ROCKVILLE -- A company that has been providing Internet service through some of Parke County REMC's power lines has announced that it will end the service, Parke County REMC General manager Greg Ternet reported.

The Alabama-based company, known as IBEC, recently told its customers in the area that it was going out of business and would shut down its Internet service, perhaps as early as the end of January.

IBEC's service used Broadband over Power Line technology to bring high-speed Internet to rural locations.

"IBEC had told us they were having financial problems, but the news that they were shutting down suddenly came as a surprise," Ternet said. "Their decision was outside our control. The REMC was working with IBEC to use our power lines to bring the Internet to some of our service areas, but they are an entirely separate company."

Despite the fact Parke County REMC is not responsible for the IBEC service or the shutdown, its employees have provided suggestions to the affected customers about other potential Internet service providers.

"We hope to minimize the inconvenience to our members," Ternet said. "Our board continues to be committed to finding ways to bring high-speed Internet to the areas we serve."

Ternet recommended members with questions about the situation contact REMC at 1-765-569-3133 or 1-800-537-3913.

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