President Cooper Kicks-Off First Broadband Expansion Project in St. Tammany

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Nearly 1,000 homes will have access to high-speed internet in rural St. Tammany, following a $3 million infrastructure investment, President Mike Cooper announced Wednesday.

“In this rapidly developing world, it has never been more important for all of our citizens to have access to reliable, high speed internet,” said President Cooper. “With this investment, our citizens will be able to connect to their loved ones, healthcare providers, customers, schools and so much more.”

The enhancements will be installed south of Folsom along LA 25. A map has been attached for reference.

The first phase of the broadband expansion will provide fiber infrastructure for 883 homes, which currently have limited access to internet. The initiative is funded by $2 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding, as well as $1 million from AT&T, who is the contractor. The project will lay an end-to-end fiber network that will increase speeds up to five gigabytes per second. 

Once completed, AT&T Standard pricing plans will be available to customers in the area. The Affordability Connectivity Program offers a $30 monthly service plan to qualified residents. The expansion will be available to residents within the next 24 months.

Additional phases for broadband expansion are currently in the planning stages, and will continue to provide high-speed internet access in rural St. Tammany.

Broadband Expansion Phase 1 Map