Firm bringing state-of-the-art tech to Owen County

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By John Whitlock

Owen County may not seem like the kind of community where cutting-edge technology can be found but it’s one of the few communities in the state that can deliver Internet and television service through fiber-optics.
The thin fiber-optic cables can carry a much stronger signal with much more data. It also provides a much more stable signal than traditional cable or satellite.
According to Ron Reimer, owner of Kentucky Ridge Country Communications, this upgraded technology gives people of Owen County a taste of what the future will hold.
At this time, residents of Owenton, Elk Lake and Perry Park can receive the service.
Through the fiber optics, customers can receive 135 channels of standard and high-definition and movie channels, Internet service at speeds up to 10 megabits download and 1 megabit upload, along with unlimited local and long-distance phone service with over 15 special features.
“For the average person, I think of all the things we offer, the main thing is dependability,” Reimer said. “With satellite, the weather can affect the signal pretty significantly. With cable, the weather has little effect. We offer stability.”
Before the upgrades, there were 35 pieces of equipment to Perry Park that could potentially failed and limit service to customers.
With the new technology, the number of pieces of equipment that could fail has dropped to one.
“With this equipment, if something goes wrong, we know exactly what to check,” Reimer said. “That lends itself to even more stability for customers.”
For Reimer, providing television, phone and Internet services are only part of his vision for KRCC.
The company’s new office, located behind the New Horizons clinic, also features service bays for the company trucks, customer service desks, a cold room for computer equipment and servers, offices for the management and staff.
In the new office, there is also a room Reimer eventually wants to use for education.
With the addition of some equipment, students from Owen County High School could use the room to produce and star in their own local newscast featuring stories from around the school district.
“It’s something that the students around here need,” Reimer said. “They will get a lot of experience that can help them in the future and maybe in their careers.”
Eventually, Reimer would like to have a local access channel with locally-generated content including high-school sports, debates and other student activities.
“We are a part of this community and we want to reflect that,” Reimer said. “If we can offer local content  … content they can’t get anywhere else … and good prices, people will respond to that.”