Randy’s experience began in software development in the agriculture industry where lack of rural broadband quickly became very evident. In 1999, he began his first broadband project at a rural electric cooperative culminating in a 3,000 square mile fixed wireless network. In 2008, he joined Co-Mo Electric Cooperative as their information technology manager with the thought of launching fiber to the home service. Co-Mo’s service territory was one of the most underserved areas in the State of Missouri with only 15% of the population having broadband access. In 2010, Randy developed a plan for a pilot FTTH project that was promptly approved by Co-Mo’s board of directors. Randy developed an innovative architecture that lowered initial capital requirements but allowed success-based growth for capacity. In less than 12 months the pilot project was completed on time, 20% under budget, and today has over a 55% penetration rate.
Based on the pilot results, Randy developed a $70 million financial model and construction plan. Co-Mo began building 4,000 miles of fiber to the home to the coop’s entire 2,300 square mile service territory and Randy was appointed General Manager of Co-Mo Connect, the cooperative’s new telecommunication subsidiary. The Co-Mo project is the first in the nation privately funded cooperative fiber to the home project to serve every one of its members. Under his leadership, Co-Mo Connect launched the first gigabit residential service in rural America in 2014. The network provides gigabit broadband, high definition IPTV, and telephone service. With over 12,000 subscribers and growing daily, this project is now the defining standard of rural fiber optic builds. The project achieved its first break-even month 3 years ahead of projections. Many of the rural electric cooperative’s who have launched FTTH projects have learned from Co-Mo’s model.
In 2015, Randy formed Conexon, LLC to assist rural electric cooperatives with fiber to the home project decisions and implementations. He is currently General Manager of OzarksGo, LLC, a subsidiary of Ozarks Electric Cooperative in Fayetteville Arkansas.
Jonathan has worked for over twenty-five years at start-up companies, large corporations and the U.S. Government. For the past four years, Jonathan was Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning for the Federal Communications Commission. Jonathan was part of the senior leadership at the FCC that reformed $12 billion in annual federal spending, including the rural and high-cost fund, e-rate, telecommunications relay services and the lifeline programs. Jonathan also conceived of the Rural Broadband Experiment and was involved in the auction design for the Connect America Fund.
Prior to the FCC, Jonathan worked in the cable and telecommunications industry in the U.S. and Europe. He was one of the original employees at Sprint PCS, where he was Vice President of Public Policy and Associate General Counsel. In Europe, he worked with Telenet (Belgium), Ono (Spain) and Ish (Germany). He was General Counsel of TVGateway, a company formed by Comcast, Cox and Charter to develop an electronic program guide. Jonathan was Chief Strategy Officer, General Counsel and a founder of Movida Communications, Inc., an MVNO focused solely on the US Hispanic market.
At the start of his professional career, Jonathan spent eight years in the U.S. Senate, as staff director for the Commerce Committee, staff member of the Intelligence Committee and legislative director to Senator Jack Danforth (R-MO). Jonathan holds a BA in economics from Yale College, an MA in international affairs from Columbia University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
In March 2016, Jonathan left the FCC to join Conexon to help electric cooperatives bring FTTH broadband to rural areas throughout the country. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Nicholville Telephone Company in upstate New York.
VP, Project Management and Fiber Design
Renee leads Conexon’s construction management and FTTH design projects. She has over 20 years of GIS experience and project management. Renee started her career working for the State of Missouri where she served on the State GIS Advisory Board and provided support for emergency events and exercises at the Emergency Operations Center. Prior to Conexon, Renee worked at Co-Mo Connect, a subsidiary of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, as the GIS Specialist. She has designed over 4,500 miles of fiber to the home plant.
VP, Client Services