Alyrica Networks, a provider of broadband services over fiber and fixed wireless in Oregon with its headquarters in Philomath, Tuesday announced with Tarana its winning bid to improve broadband service speeds and availability in Polk County, BusinessWire.com reported.
The county awarded Alyrica $795,000 in local grant and American Rescue Plan Act funds to deploy Tarana’s G1 platform, its next-generation fixed wireless solution. Alyrica’s 5 G1 towers will cover 33 square miles of hilly, remote and well-forested rural terrain near Dallas that Alyrica knew would have been prohibitively costly to reach with fiber.
Polk County officials have been working with local internet service providers to improve their broadband offerings and coverage throughout the county since 2018.
“G1 opened our eyes to what’s possible in both urban and rural areas, allowing us to get much greater density on each tower and serve more customers in each area before we have to go back and rebuild the tower or upgrade,” Josh Kvidt, director of growth at Alyrica said through the Business Wire release.
After logging unprecedented download/upload speeds over previously challenging radio links, Alyrica submitted a grant proposal to use the G1 platform on the Polk County Broadband Project.
Said Sam Dotson, Alyrica chief executive officer, “We were thrilled with G1’s performance. It’s the perfect solution to serve tricky parts of Polk County.”
Alyrica expects to add first subscribers on its G1 network by mid-summer and will reportedly gear up to connect 616 underserved homes in the coverage area by early 2023.