Philomath-based Alyrica Networks and Polk County partnered on a high-speed internet project north of Dallas. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Rural residents in Polk County now have access to high-speed internet through a project headed up by Alyrica Networks, the Philomath-based company announced.

Polk County commissioners selected Alyrica to lead broadband efforts by working with local internet service providers and other partners. The county awarded Alyrica $795,000 in local grant and American Rescue Plan Act funds to complete the project.

“We were humbled throughout the process as we worked with the various county officials and residents of Polk County,” Sam Dotson, Alyrica’s chief executive officer, said through a press release. “This project was made possible through their partnership. We especially want to thank those residents who were willing to host the wireless transmission sites that were critical to making this project happen.”

A forested, hilly and remote terrain throughout Polk County provided challenges. In the end, the project expanded high-speed internet access to over 700 addresses in the rolling hills north of Dallas.

Alyrica said it is the first internet service provider in Oregon to deploy its new fixed wireless technology.