1:34PM February 20, 2019
Hi Roger, I will try to answer both your questions with just one reply. We wish we could provide high-speed fiber internet service to ALL 26 counties we serve in rural Michigan at once, but that just isn't possible because we want to be smart with how we go about this. We chose our Petoskey service area, which is all of Emmet County, and parts of Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties as our pilot area for multiple reasons, and one of those is because of the variety of internet options. We cannot control who chooses to provide internet services to which area. Things like terrain and our member base were also factors. Please don't confuse us saying Petoskey service area with the city of Petoskey, we are only bringing our services to our rural Great Lakes Energy members. We feel confident if we can make a go of it factoring in competition (and don't get us wrong, A LOT of our people in the area have no options), seasonal, full-time and business accounts, and the varied economic backgrounds in the area, we will be able to expand our construction into our other areas.
We have divided out Petoskey service area into smaller sections, with roughly the same number of meters in each area - and that is what we use to factor the demand for our service. Areas with no options then theoretically should have the highest demand right? When we move into a new area for construction, we will divide that area up into smaller, similar sized sections as well.
If you have any additional questions, please let me know, thank you.