Montgomery-based RTC Communications broke ground Wednesday on a $4 million broadband project in Bicknell. CEO Kirk Lehman told our partners at WTWO-TV the project follows a feasibility study to determine if there was demand for more broadband service in the Knox County city.
Lehman said the project is an expansion of its existing fiber optic network, and Bicknell was an ideal spot.
“We thought, strategically, that was a good position for us to…build [in] the city of Bicknell,” he said. “It sits about four miles off of our current network right now so it’s a good build for Bicknell, it’s a good build for RTC.”
Lehman said RTC is fully funding the project, which means no taxpayer dollars will be spent.
Bicknell Mayor Thomas Estabrook said the project will bring additional services to residents who may not currently have access.
“It opens up options for those who want to use services who may not be close by, so they don’t have to drive as far,” Estabrook told WTWO. “This is just another step moving forward in how we hope to grow the community to show that we have the services to support not only residential growth but business growth.”
The project is set for completion in March.