FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2022
Lafourche Parish Government, Louisiana Office of Broadband Development and Connectivity, REV host orientation for upcoming high speed internet project
Granting Unserved Municipalities Broadband Opportunities (GUMBO) partnership grant to provide enhanced internet options for Lafourche Parish resident
Mathews, La. REV/REV Business, Lafourche Parish Government and ConnectLA/Office of Broadband Development and Connectivity recently hosted an informational session for Lafourche stakeholders at the Mathews Government Complex (4876 LA-1, Mathews, La.).
During the orientation, details were shared about the Office of Broadband-funded partnership project between parish government and the local internet provider. Specifics regarding construction timelines, internet/data speeds available to residents and geographic areas to be served were shared with locals in attendance.
Through this public-private collaboration, Lafourche Parish citizens residing along a rural stretch of Louisiana Highway 308 (LA 308) known as Lafourche Crossing will soon have access to reliable, high speed, fiber-based internet.
A project proposal (created in partnership between Lafourche Parish Government and REV) earned funding from the Office of Broadband and Connectivity’s grants program – known as Granting Unserved Municipalities Broadband Opportunities or GUMBO grants.
“Just like throughout the recovery and response following Hurricane Ida, REV continues to be a great and local community partner for our parish’s residents,” said Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson. “We’re excited about this GUMBO grant and we look forward to the opportunities associated with this new partnership with REV and our state’s Office of Broadband.”
“A fast, reliable internet connection impacts everyone and everything – from private and public sectors to communities, farmers, teachers and students,” said Veneeth Iyengar, Office of Broadband Development and Connectivity’s executive director. “Projects like this represent a choice for communities looking for reliable connectivity.”
“We’re very happy to enter into this public-private partnership with this community that has meant so much to us for over 80 years,” said Josh Descant, CEO of REV/REV Business. “By extending our reach with this project, we’re proud to offer this rural community the most advanced broadband network available anywhere.”
REV/REV Business serves residences and businesses in various South Louisiana communities, including Ascension Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, Grand Isle, Iberville Parish, Lafourche Parish, Livingston Parish, St. James Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish and Terrebonne Parish. For more information about the local provider’s growing service area, visit: https://letsrev.com/service-areas/.
Residents not yet connected to REV’s services are encouraged to join the provider’s online waiting list at: https://letsrev.com/waitlist/.
Group Shot – GUMBO (l-r): Veneeth Iyengar (ConnectLA/Office of Broadband and Connectivity’s executive director), Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson, Michelle Eroche (a Lafourche resident who resides in the grant’s service area), Josh Descant (REV/REV Business CEO), Eddie Callais (REV Business Sales manager), Janet Britton (REV/REV Business general counsel and EVP of Human Resources and Talent), Scott Small (REV/REV Business EVP of Corporate Development) and Peter Louviere (REV/REV Business CFO)
About REV/REV Business/VENYU
Established in 2020 and rebranded in 2022, REV/REV Business is the combined parent company of Reserve Telephone Company (RTC), EATEL/EATEL Business and Vision Communications. The combined company, with nearly 250 years of collective communications service, operates as Louisiana’s largest, locally owned, telecommunications network with over 2,790 miles of fiber. Along with VENYU – the company’s sister, data center – the Louisiana-based provider has over 400 employees serving more than 60,000 customers.
For more information about REV/REV Business and the provider’s new brand and continued commitment to localism, please visit www.letsrev.com – New Name. Same Local Company.
For more about VENYU – a technology solutions provider for colocation, cloud hosting, cloud backup, managed hosting and disaster recovery/business continuity focused on protecting clients’ valuable data – visit www.venyu.com.