Flint Energies Partners with Internet Service Provider Conexon Connect to Help Bridge Georgia’s Digital Divide with World-Class Broadband
Flint’s fiber network will enable smart grid efficiency while providing high-speed Internet access to approximately 31,000 unserved or underserved homes and businesses in central Georgia
KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Connect Connectthe Internet service provider formed by the leader in the design and construction management of fiber optic networks in rural areas Loginwas selected by Georgia Electric Membership Society (EMC) Flint Energies provide high-speed fiber optic Internet access to unserved and underserved residents of the EMC Center Georgia service territory.
Conexon will support the design and construction of a nearly 3,000 mile robust fiber network spanning nine counties in the Flint service territory. This network will allow Flint to take advantage of fiber optic technology to strengthen its electrical system while facilitating the deployment of smart grid efficiencies and capabilities. Smart grid technology will deliver EMC benefits such as improved power outage response times, better load balancing, and more efficient power distribution.
Conexon Connect will lease excess network fiber to meet the critical need for high-speed internet in rural areas Georgia residents with fiber to their homes. Project targeting unserved and underserved EMC members will make Connect service, powered by Flint Energies, available to approximately 31,000 homes, businesses and institutions across CrawfordSouth Houston, Mason, marion, Muscogee, The Peach, Schley, Talbotand taylor counties.
“The collaboration between Flint Energies and Conexon offers multiple advantages”, Conexon Partner and Conexon Connect CEO Randy Klindt noted. “The cutting-edge infrastructure improvements provided by the Smart Grid will provide Flint with operational efficiency and benefits, while the Connect partnership will give Flint Energies the opportunity to help meet the broadband needs of unserved members and underserved. We are proud to be part of another Georgia project and I look forward to working with the Flint team.”
Flint is almost $90 million The fiber network should be completed within four years. The super-fast fiber optic network will provide members with access to symmetric gigabit Internet capabilities (same upload and download speeds) – among the fastest and most robust in the country. In addition, it will provide reliable and clear telephone service.
“Flint strengthens its overall electrical system with a fiber backbone that provides us with smart grid operational benefits that will enhance our ability to continue to provide exceptional service to our members,” said Flint Energies CEO. Jeremy Nelms noted. “This initiative also allows us to meet the pressing needs of our unserved and underserved members for high-speed internet. We believe it is time for us to act, and we are delighted to have found partners like Conexon and Conexon Connect to make it happen.”
Conexon and Conexon Connect work with electricity cooperatives committed to serving their members with fiber broadband. Together with its customers, the company has designed more than 200,000 miles of fiber, built more than 50,000 miles of fiber per year, and connected more than 500,000 rural Americans with fiber to their homes.
On Connect Connect
Conexon Connect is the Internet Service Provider (ISP) arm of the leader in rural fiber optic broadband design and construction management Conexon. The subsidiary was created to operate and manage cooperative fibre-to-the-home networks. Connect leverages Conexon’s decades of cooperative operations, fiber optic design and construction, telecommunications, federal and state lobbying, and customer experience management expertise to successfully launch and operate projects . Connect’s approach is to work with electricity cooperatives to initiate and deploy high-speed fiber optic networks – the gold standard of communications transmission – enabling them to offer their members broadband world class fiber. In partnership with Georgia EMCs, Connect will provide fiber optic Internet access to approximately 188,400 rural homes and businesses across the state.
Conexon works with rural electric cooperatives to bring fiber to the homes of rural communities. The company is made up of professionals who have worked in electrical cooperatives and the telecommunications industry, and offer decades of individual experience in business planning, network building, telecommunications marketing and sales. Conexon offers its electric co-operative customers end-to-end broadband deployment and operation support, from project design to long-term sustainability. It works with its clients to analyze economic feasibility, secure financing, design the network, manage construction, provide operational support, optimize business performance and determine optimal partnerships. To date, Conexon has helped more than 200 electric co-ops, 60 of which are deploying fiber networks, with more than 500,000 rural Americans connected to fiber to their homes. The company obtained nearly $2 billion in federal, state and local grants and subsidies for its clients.
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