Fiber Internet Plans Announced for Rural Southwest Michigan

Great Lakes Energy has announced construction plans for its Truestream fiber network starting this spring in parts of its Hart, Newaygo, and Wayland service areas. The construction, which will progress in three phases, will expand the availability of high-speed Truestream fiber internet and voice services to members who are underserved with internet connectivity.

The fiber network delivers speeds up to 1 Gig (symmetrical for upload and download), massive bandwidth, unlimited voice services, no data caps, and no contracts, allowing for residents to work from home, have access to online education in addition to streaming, gaming and much more. The service will also be available to businesses.

Truestream is exclusively available to Great Lakes Energy electric cooperative members. The Hart, Newaygo, and Wayland service districts encompass rural areas served by Great Lakes Energy’s electric service in parts of Allegan, Barry, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Ottawa counties. Construction is a multi-step, multi-year process, which includes building a mainline fiber trunk through GLE’s Hart, Newaygo, and Wayland service areas. Construction will begin in January 2021, starting in the Hart service area and eventually connecting all three service areas over the next few years based on registrations. Members are encouraged to preregister their interest on to take advantage of the limited-time free in-home installation and to avoid wait times for in-home installation. Free installation will expire for some areas as soon as Dec. 31st, 2020.

Nearly 4,250 Great Lakes Energy members in the Petoskey and Boyne service areas, primarily in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties, are currently enjoying Truestream’s life-changing services, some experiencing a high-speed internet connection at home for the first time.

Great Lakes Energy members can visit to register interest and to see the project status by area.