Internet service provider Conexon Connect partners with
KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Conexon Connect, the new internet service provider created and operated by Conexon, a leader in the design and construction management of rural fiber optic networks, has was selected by Washington EMC in Sandersville, Ga., to provide reliable and affordable fiber broadband service to co-op members.
Power Cooperative Partners with Connect to Launch and Deploy a 3,000-Mile Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Network Bringing High-Speed Internet Access to More Than 12,000 Homes and Businesses Across 10 Central Counties Georgia.
“Connect’s footprint across Georgia continues to grow. We are working tirelessly to bridge the digital divide wherever we can, and we are proud to partner with Washington EMC on this next step,” said Conexon Partner Randy Klindt. “This is just the beginning for the thousands of rural families and businesses who have never experienced the power and opportunity that comes with access to world-class fiber broadband.”
Washington EMC’s $54.5 million fiber optic network is expected to be completed within 3 years. The first customers will be connected in 1Q 2022.
“To say we are thrilled with this venture is an understatement,” said Wendy Sellers, president and CEO of Washington EMC. “For over 80 years, our co-op has been committed to continually improving the rural communities we serve, but bringing broadband is something different and unlike anything our members have experienced. The impact on the daily lives of Washington Counties EMC will truly be something inspiring to witness.
Conexon Connect’s partnership with Washington EMC follows a broadband expansion announcement in February with Central Georgia EMC and Southern Rivers Energy. Collectively Connect’s Georgia projects will provide high-speed fiber optic Internet access to approximately 85,000 homes and businesses in central Georgia in more than 30 counties.
The fiber optic network will provide Washington EMC members with access to some of the fastest and most robust symmetrical gigabit Internet capabilities 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 a power outage, better load balancing, distribution more efficient electricity, etc.
“For the past decade, the digital divide was a consequence of government policy: the different levels of Internet service available in rural and urban areas was a decision of the federal government. Covid may have changed a lot of people’s minds about the need for broadband, but government policy hasn’t changed yet,” Conexon partner Jonathan Chambers said. “Washington EMC, like many Georgian cooperatives, has decided not to wait for a policy change. They decided to invest in their network, to invest in their community, to invest in themselves. Together, we will build a world-class network and make world-class broadband service available to every Washington EMC member. I am especially grateful to Wendy Sellers and President Mildred Jackson for their leadership. We are ready to get to work.
Conexon and Connect work exclusively with electricity cooperatives with a commitment to serve 100% of cooperative members with fiber broadband. Together with its customers, the company has engineered over 100,000 miles of fiber, built over 30,000 miles per year, and connected over 200,000 subscribers.
Conexon Connect participated as part of Conexon’s Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium, a bidding entity that won more than $1.1 billion in the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction to provide service broadband at the gigabit level (the highest level of service). The Connect awards encompass dozens of rural areas in 10 states. The company’s intention is to partner with the electric cooperatives serving these assigned territories – as in the case of the Georgia cooperatives. The ambitious initiatives will deliver super-fast symmetric broadband service to approximately 2 million Americans – 100% fiber to rural homes and businesses in all territories awarded in the RDOF auction.
About Conexon Connect
Conexon Connect is the new Internet Service Provider (ISP) arm of rural leader in fiber optic broadband design and construction management Conexon. The subsidiary was established to operate and manage fibre-to-the-home networks owned by cooperatives and investors. 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 exclusively with electricity cooperatives to launch and deploy high-speed fiber optic networks – the gold standard of communications transmission – enabling them to offer high-speed fiber world class to 100% of their members.
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 electricity cooperatives and the telecommunications industry, and offer decades of individual experience in business planning, network building, telecommunications marketing and sales. . Conexon offers its electricity cooperative customers end-to-end support for the deployment and operation of broadband, from the start 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 nearly 200 power cooperatives, nearly 50 of which are deploying fiber networks, with more than 200,000 fiber-to-the-home subscribers across the United States. financing for its customers across the country.