TRINITY — Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corp. members overwhelmingly voted for the utility serving much of Lawrence County and parts of Morgan to begin offering high-speed internet service.

Officials said 6,750 votes, or 93.62%, were in favor of the service. Results were announced at a news conference late this afternoon.

George Kitchens, chief executive officer of JWEMC, said the vote was a life-changing decision for its 33,000 customers.

He said he expects some customers should be on the internet service within 12 months.

He said the 200 megabyte per second download and upload speed will be unlimited to members at between $40 and $60 monthly.

Within three to five years, all JWEMC members will have the service, Kitchens said.

mike.wetzel@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2442. Twitter @DD_Wetzel.

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(2) comments

Lori Ray

Have they stated how they are going to pay for the infrastructure ?

Gary Jenkins

It will be a good thing as long as prices are kept reasonable. Hopefully it will be a wake-up call to Spectrum.

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