A “New Company” 80 Years In The Making
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, loan funds from the USDA Rural Electrification Administration (REA) enabled construction of rural electric cooperatives throughout the nation to serve the people and growing economies of rural America. LS Networks is owned by more than 60,000 citizen shareholders of four rural Oregon electric cooperatives. We owe our start 15 years ago to these shareholders and the rural businesses and individuals that saw an unmet need for internet connectivity in the Pacific Northwest. We have continued to grow ever since, providing top-tier broadband service to urban and rural communities alike. The core of our robust fiber optic network is laid over our shareholders’ electrical grid pathways. In a sense, we stand on the shoulders of pioneers, and we’re proud of our connection to those who pioneered before us.