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Hilliary Communications managing partner Dustin Hilliary addresses the audience during a press conference Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Fort Sill. The company announced that it has been approved to provide high-speed internet at Fort Sill. | Eric Swanson/Ledsger Photo
Hilliary Communications managing partner Dustin Hilliary addresses the audience during a press conference Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Fort Sill. The company announced that it has been approved to provide high-speed internet at Fort Sill. | Eric Swanson/Ledsger Photo

LAWTON – Hilliary Communications is launching a $5 million project to bring high-speed internet to Fort Sill soldiers and their families, the company announced Tuesday,

Hilliary recently gained approval from Fort Sill command and other U.S. Army officials to build the required fiber infrastructure at Fort Sill, which will allow the company to serve about 1,900 homes on the base.

About five years ago, Hilliary officials looking for ways to expand their internet operations and realized that the homes on Fort Sill lacked service, managing partner Dustin Hilliary said during a press conference Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Fort Sill.

“You’re talking about spouses who aren’t able to Skype with their loved ones who are in harm’s way in the Middle East or places like that,” he said. “Or spouses at home and can’t get quality jobs because they don’t have a good internet connection.”

Hilliary said the company worked with federal government officials to pave the way for the company to build the infrastructure it needs for the Fort Sill project.

The project will begin later this month and should be finished by the spring of 2023.

Arvest Bank worked with Hilliary Communications to put together a loan for the $5 million project, said Hilliary’s chief financial officer and executive vice president, Dean Pennello.

“It was an exciting project to work with them on,” he said. “And now that we’re going into the actual build aspect of it. Again, we’re just really excited about it. To be able to partner with Arvest was a great opportunity.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole said the project will make it easier for military families to communicate with each other, He said he thought the government should consider similar projects for other military bases across the United States.

“I personally think this is a model that we ought to be looking at for facilities all across the country,” he said.