Georgian company Ocmulgee EMC partners with internet service provider Conexon Connect to bring world-class broadband to rural central Georgia
The Connect, powered by Ocmulgee EMC, fiber-to-the-home network will deliver high-speed internet access to homes and businesses in five counties
KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 28, 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 Ocmulgee EMC to provide high-speed fiber optic Internet access to rural Georgians in the cooperative’s service territory.
Co-op partners with Connect to launch and deploy fibre-to-the-home network that could stretch up to 2,100 miles across its midpoint Georgia territory. The project marks the eighth partnership announced by Conexon Connect in the state.
The Connect Network, powered by Ocmulgee EMC, will deliver world-class fiber optic broadband services to homes and businesses across Lawrence, Bleckley, To dodge, Pulaskiand fair counties. The goal is to eventually expand fiber broadband access to all 8,000+ Ocmulgee EMC members, if possible.
“As for our other Georgia partnerships, this project reflects our continued commitment to bringing the many benefits of high-speed Internet to unserved and underserved residents and communities,” said Conexon Founding Partner and Conexon Connect CEO, Randy Klindt said. “It’s a commitment shared by WH Peacock and the Ocmulgee team, and we’re excited to work together to improve the lives and prospects of co-op members.”
Construction will begin in 2022, with the first members expected to be online in early 2023. The project will take two to four years and cost at least $40 million.
The Connect Network, powered by Ocmulgee EMC, will provide members with access to symmetric gigabit Internet capabilities (same download and upload speeds) – among the fastest and most robust in the country. In addition, it will provide reliable and clear telephone service and allow the electrical infrastructure to reap the benefits of smart grid capabilities, including improved response times in the event of power outages, better load balancing, distribution more efficient electricity, etc.
“We are extremely pleased to partner with Conexon Connect to bring high-speed Internet to Ocmulgee members. Our rural areas and communities have long been waiting for this kind of service,” said WH Peacock, Managing Director of Ocmulgee EMC. , “and we’re excited to deliver the economic, educational and other benefits that broadband offers.”
Conexon and Conexon Connect work with electricity cooperatives committed to serving their members with fiber broadband. With customers and partners, Conexon 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.
“A year ago, Conexon started building our first Connect project in Georgia. In the fall, we launched the first rural 2 gigabit service Georgia“, said Conexon Partner Jonathan Chambers. “With the addition of the Ocmulgee EMC fiber network, Conexon will build 200 miles per week in the state, making service available to previously unserved rural areas. Georgia at the rate of 1,000 to 2,000 households per week.
“I know there are others who build Georgia, but there is a difference between these Connect projects and almost all others. These networks belong to the people we serve. The financial support provided by the state is money that goes to the people who live here. I expect the Ocmulgee EMC network, like other EMC projects, to become a model for the rest of the state and the nation.”
About Omulgee EMC
Ocmulgee EMC was founded in 1938 in the middle Georgia. From the moment the first members were connected, Ocmulgee has delivered on its promise to connect the rural areas of its community. Ocmulgee EMC has enabled rural families in its service territory to enjoy a higher standard of living by following the same vision and drive as the founders who brought electricity over 80 years ago. Today, Ocmulgee EMC has over 8,000 members and has powered over 2,100 miles of power lines. The lines span Lawrence, Bleckley, To dodge, Pulaskiand fair counties.
About 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.
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 cooperative customers end-to-end support for broadband deployment and operation, from the conception of a project to its 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 250 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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