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A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the start of our Truestream fiber internet service, powered by Great Lakes Energy, was held Tuesday at Great Lakes Energy headquarters in Boyne City. Joining the electric cooperative’s board of directors, managers and employees were state Reps. Lee Chatfield and Triston Cole. The two legislators commended Great Lakes Energy for being the first to bring a high-speed fiber network to unserved rural areas of Emmet and Charlevoix counties. Also on hand were local officials including the Boyne City Commissioners and City Manager Mike Cain, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance President Andy Hayes, Petoskey Chamber of Commerce President Carlin Smith, USDA Representative Jason Allen, North Central Michigan College President David Finley and Char-Em ISD Career and Technical Education Director Jim Rummer.

If you could not join us in person, visit our Facebook page to view the celebration!

Plans start at speeds of 100 megabits per second and go up to 1 Gig or 1,000 megabits per second. The first homes are expected to be connected later this year in parts of Emmet and Charlevoix counties. Expansion of the fiber network will continue for several years, with the intention of reaching all parts of Great Lakes Energy’s 26-county service territory, as long as there is demand.