Florida’s Tri-County Electric Cooperative Partners with Internet Service Provider Conexon Connect to Bring World-Class Broadband to the State’s Big Bend

The Connect, powered by Tri-County Electric Cooperative, the fiber network represents florida first cooperative fiber-to-the-home project; will provide high-speed Internet access to approximately 12,000 to 15,000 homes and businesses in four counties

MADISON, Florida., April 15, 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 Tri-County Electric Cooperative to provide high-speed fiber optic Internet access to rural Floridians living and working in the cooperative’s service territory.

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The cooperative partners with Connect to launch and deploy a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network of nearly 2,400 miles, a project representing florida first FTTH project launched by an electricity cooperative.

The Connect Network, powered by Tri-County Electric Cooperative, will provide world-class Internet service to approximately 12,000 to 15,000 homes and businesses across Jefferson, Madison, taylor and bowl counties. Upon completion of the project, 100% of Tri-County Electric members will have access to the service.

“We are proud to partner with Tri-County Electric to florida electric cooperative’s first FTTH network project, and provide its members with the highest quality Internet available”, Conexon Founding Partner and Conexon Connect CEO, Randy Klindt mentioned. “Like many rural areas, these northern regions Florida communities have been disadvantaged for too long by the lack of vital high-speed broadband services. Today’s announcement marks our joint commitment with Tri-County Electric to change that and improve the lives and communities of those served by the co-op. »

Tri-County Electric is almost $65 million The network should be completed within two to four years. The super-fast fiber optic network will provide members with access to some of the fastest and most robust symmetric gigabit Internet capabilities (same download and upload speeds) in the country. In addition, it will provide reliable and clear telephone service and enable the electrical infrastructure to reap the benefits of smart grid capabilities, including improved response times in the event of power outages, better load balancing, power distribution and more. more efficient electricity, etc.

“We are excited to get started and look forward to our members experiencing the same benefits as their urban and urban counterparts, while connecting them with rural life and enjoying the natural beauty that our counties have to offer,” Julius Hacket, said the CEO of Tri-County Electric Cooperative. “I think this will be one of the key elements in attracting additional residents to our communities and allowing our current residents to thrive. Everyone will have access to this network – we are leaving no one behind.”

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.

“Tri-County Electric’s service territory is one of the most underserved areas in the state, if not the country, when it comes to broadband,” said Conexon partner Jonathan Chambers. “There are two key ingredients that will make first-class broadband possible where it was once thought impossible. First, the state is preparing a broadband fund for areas like this and we intend to I can’t think of an area that needs more, and deserves public support. Second, any endeavor like this requires leadership. Julius Hacket is just this leader. We are proud to work with him, his team and the Tri-County Board of Directors.”

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. Connect today partners with several cooperatives in Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Missouri.

On Login
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 almost $2 billion in federal, state and local grants and subsidies for its clients.

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