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Ritter’s First Hot Springs Broadband Customer? Oaklawn

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Ritter Communications of Jonesboro has hooked a big fish as its first client to an advanced business and broadband service in Hot Springs: Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort.

Ritter announced a $7 million Hot Springs infrastructure investment in February, promising high-speed fiber internet, voice and cloud services and networking and TV plans.

A 100-percent fiber service dubbed XGS-PON is an exclusive offering, and Oaklawn was the first business in the area to plug in, Ritter announced Thursday.

“This $7 million project will yield major growth in Hot Springs businesses,” Ritter CEO Alan Morse said in a statement. “We are proud to partner with the Spa City, and power them through this exciting time of development.”

Oaklawn started construction in May on a 200-room hotel and casino expansion project in the wake of Arkansas voters’ approval of four new casinos, including one adjacent to the Oaklawn thoroughbred track.  

Ritter, which bills itself as the state’s leading broadband provider, “will give Hot Springs businesses the competitive advantage they want and need,” Morse said.

The company planned a “Light It Up” event at Oaklawn Thursday night, featuring Morse; Gary Troutman, president of the Hot Springs Metro Partnership; and Ben Van Wagner, director of information technology at Oaklawn Jockey Club.

“This is an exciting time for Oaklawn with our casino expansion and hotel construction,” Van Wagner said. “Things are growing fast, and we need a connection with speed and agility to match.”

Ritter began providing local phone service in Jonesboro in 1906 and now serves 89 communities and more than 45,000 customers. 

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