Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Broadband expansion coming to North Alabama

The first customers could be online by early 2021. 


More broadband options are coming for North Alabama residents.  Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corporation announced Friday morning its plans to install more than 3,000 miles of fiber optic cable, bringing high-speed internet service to thousands of customers in Lawrence and Morgan counties. 

“This is a very exciting day for the people of this region,” said George Kitchens, chief executive officer at JWEMC. “We are building a world-class broadband network that will create life-changing opportunities in health care, education, economic development and much more.”

The entire project will take approximately five years to complete, but because much of the groundwork has already been completed, the first customers could be online by early 2021. 

It’s a tremendous step forward for a portion of the state that continues to be woefully underserved by broadband companies. According to’s access map, which tracks providers by geographic location, most of Morgan and Lawrence counties, particularly the areas outside of Decatur, Moulton and Hartselle, are serviced by one or zero providers offering wired internet services. 

In a press release about the new service offerings, JWEMC noted that studies show that fiber optic broadband increases property values and improves the quality of life within a community. Their services, which will offer up to 2 gigabits of download speed, has the ability to expand healthcare options and economic development opportunities in both counties, as well as allow for distance learning and more entertainment options. 

JWEMC said its packages for the service will begin at $59.99 for the 300 megabit speed, $79.99 for 1 gigabit speed and $99.99 for 2 gigabit speed.  

Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

More from the Alabama Political Reporter


Permitting reform is needed now more than ever before.


This project rehabilitates 15,540 square yards of the existing overflow apron pavement and 5,200 feet of taxiways.


Those investments are represented by 234 projects in all 67 counties and 400 miles of resurfaced roadways.


The House concurred 96-0 with the Senate's amended legislation. Final approval now rests with Gov. Kay Ivey.


The bill now goes to the full Senate for its consideration.


Our state’s infrastructure, for broadband, water and sewer, is where we are looking to allocate the largest sum of ARPA Funds.


A couple of Democratic members voiced concerns about the bill Tuesday, but only three Republicans ultimately voted against it.


Money from $1 billion in federal COVID aid may just scratch the surface, organizations say.