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Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium becomes first electric co-op consortium to qualify for RDOF auction participation

By Conexon | September 2, 2020

Congratulations to the Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium (RECC) for achieving a critical milestone in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) process and taking one more step to close the Digital…

Natchez Trace EPA gets second grant for pilot broadband project

By Conexon | August 26, 2020

HOUSTON — Natchez Trace Electric Power Association recently received $417,209 in a second round of funding from the Mississippi Electric Cooperatives Broadband Covid-19 grant program, Natchez Trace General Manager Shawn…

How Electric Cooperatives in Mississippi Have Taken the Lead in Broadband Expansion — Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode 423

By Conexon | August 18, 2020

Tue, August 18, 2020 | Posted by Ry Marcattilio-McCracken This week on the podcast Christopher talks with Ron Barnes, President and CEO Biloxi-based Coast Electric Power, an electric cooperative in Mississippi…

Mississippi Electric Cooperatives Get $65 Million for Rural Broadband Through CARES Act

By Conexon | August 5, 2020

8/5/20 at 2:37 PM by Joan Engebretson Fifteen Mississippi rural electric cooperatives have won a combined total of $65 million in rural broadband funding through the CARES Act passed earlier this year…

Portman, Brown, Braun, Bennet, Jones, Upton & Clyburn Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Accelerate Broadband Access Nationwide

By Conexon | July 3, 2020

July 2, 2020 |  Press Release on portman.senate.gov WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mike Braun (R-IN), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced…

Rural Communities Turn to Electric Co-ops for Fiber

By Conexon | June 30, 2020

By Masha Zager | Broadband Communities The FCC’s upcoming RDOF auction, scheduled for October, will give rural communities a chance to bid on support for fiber-to-the-home networks. A decade ago,…

2020 Fiber-To-The-Home Top 100

By Conexon | June 30, 2020

Fiber-to-the-home leaders and innovators for 2020 May/June 2020 By Broadband Communities Staff “Building a Fiber-Connected World” is the tagline of Broadband Communities magazine, and each year the FTTH Top 100…

Does the Federal Broadband Definition Reflect Real-World Need?

By Conexon | June 25, 2020

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission changed the definition of broadband in response to growing Internet demands. Experts differ on whether the COVID-19 crisis calls for another definition change in…

EMEPA working to bring high speed internet to rural areas

By Conexon | June 12, 2020

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – The Board of Directors of East Mississippi Electric Power Association voted Friday to approve a $10.5 million fiber-to-the-home broadband internet pilot project. EMEPA says the project…

Delgado Co-Sponsors Rural Broadband Acceleration Act to Speed Up Access to High-Speed Internet In Rural Communities

By Conexon | June 11, 2020

June 11, 2020 Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19), member of the House Task Force on Rural Broadband, announced his support for the Rural Broadband Acceleration Act,…

New Virginia Easement Law Reduces Costs, Delays for Co-op Broadband

By Conexon | June 9, 2020

June 9, 2020 | Author: Cathy Cash | Cooperative.com A new Virginia law will help reduce delays and costs for electric cooperatives and other broadband providers to deploy internet in…

Is a “Broadband Revolution” Brewing in Rural Mississippi?

By Conexon | June 8, 2020

BY JED PRESSGROVE / JUNE 8, 2020 GovTech.com Mississippi is now seeing how legislation can swing open the door for rural broadband expansion. In January 2019, former Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Mississippi Broadband Enabling…

Tri-County Electric Cooperative plans to bring broadband to rural communities

By Conexon | May 29, 2020

May 27, 2020| Loren Thomas | WLTX TV RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. — Improving broadband around the state has been a topic of discussion since before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the…

OEC Fiber Reaches 10,000 Subscribers Online

By Conexon | May 21, 2020

OEC Fiber announced today it has surpassed 10,000 subscribers online in just over a year of offering services to the public. This milestone demonstrates OEC Fiber’s commitment to serving Oklahomans…

Fiber network deployment is the “rural electrification of our generation”, according to Conexon’s Jonathan Chambers

By Conexon | May 16, 2020

By Kelly Hill on MAY 14, 2020 | RCR Wireless News As the Federal Communications Commission mulls exactly how it will distribute the proposed $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund over a decade…

South Central Connect Delivers Critical Broadband Across Rural Arkansas, Eyes Significant Expansion with the Calix Intelligent Access EDGE

By Conexon | May 7, 2020

Associated Press | SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 7, 2020– Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced that South Central Connect, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative (SCAEC), is future-proofing…

Best case scenario: Early broadband build-out leaves some rural areas prepared for online work and school

By Conexon | May 6, 2020

By Anna Brugmann Columbia Daily Tribune Posted May 4, 2020  Two years after Gov. Jay Nixon created the Missouri Rural Broadband Initiatives and nearly seven years before Missouri would codify…

Tri-County announces $50M plan for internet

By Conexon | May 6, 2020

Gene Zaleski  May 6, 2020 | The Times and Democrat Tri-County Electric Cooperative says it is investing about $50 million over the next three years to build a fiber optic…

Piece by Piece: Missouri Rural Broadband Providers Work to Fill In Coverage

By Conexon | May 4, 2020

By Anna Brugmann Columbia Daily Tribune Stephanie Gooden is past the point of wondering if rural broadband is a necessity. “It’s far past time and we need to get going,”…

Conexon Launches RDOF Mapping Platform for FCC Auction Success

By Conexon | May 1, 2020

Published May 1, 2020 | BBC Wires KANSAS CITY, MO — Conexon, a provider of design and management services for the construction of rural fiber-optic networks, has launched its breakthrough Interactive…

The Electric Co-op Rural Broadband Movement is underway!

Electric cooperatives across the country are making a significant impact in rural America, making a brighter future possible for millions!

Through the tireless efforts of Conexon’s partner cooperatives, more than 100,000 electric co-op members have been connected to gigabit-capable networks, and are today realizing the education, economic and lifestyle benefits of world-class broadband. We celebrate their success and invite other cooperatives to join the movement to bridge the digital divide!

Co-Mo Connect: 3,700 miles Built, 20,000 subscribers connected.                  OzarksGo: 7,000 miles Built, 15,000 subscribers connected.                United Fiber: 1,700 Miles built, 13,500 subscribers connected.                Midwest Energy (MEC): 2,000 miles built, 12,500 subscribers connected.