MARINGOUIN, Louisiana – Faster internet speeds will soon be a reality for rural residents in parishes west of Baton Rouge.


In January of 2020, the USDA announced an award that will assist in rolling out more than 200 miles of fiber to help 2,600 homes, 12 businesses, and 16 farms in the parishes of Pointe Coupee, Iberville, and St. Landry.


According to Tim May, General Manager for Star Communications, “We are pleased to announce the funding is now available for construction to begin in 5 phases. Each phase has different scope and sequence with many of the phases under construction simultaneously. We are still waiting on permits in a couple of areas, but we are ready to begin construction as soon as the permits are issued.”


On January 27th, 2021 Star Communications announced detailed plans to kickoff construction in the areas near Rosedale, Grosse Tete, and Ramah.


The USDA’s ReConnect award covers mainline fiber as well as drops to homes within the designated areas. Star Communications customers within the ReConnect areas will be automatically switched over to fiber optic cable.


Non-Subscribers of Star Communications that live within the awarded areas, have the option to have fiber optics built to their home with no installation cost.