Internet Service Provider Conexon Connect Partners with Mountain View Electric Association to Reduce Colorado’s Digital Divide with World-Class Broadband
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, June 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Conexon Connect, the Internet Service Provider created and operated by the leader in the design and construction management of rural fiber optic networks Conexon, was selected by Mountain View Electric Association (MVEA) to provide access to reliable and affordable fiber broadband service for the Colorado cooperative has more than 51,000 members.
Electric Co-op partners with Conexon Connect to launch and deploy nearly 5,800-mile fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network that will reach 100% of co-op members in parts of the eight counties served in the center Colorado.
“The partnership between Conexon Connect and Mountain View Electric Association will have a huge impact on the community, and we are excited to start transforming lives with high speed internet for so many Coloradians,” said Randy Klindt, Conexon partner. “Our fiber optic network will open many new doors for communications, education, commerce and growth. We are excited to see where these opportunities lead MVEA members.
MVEA $ 190 million The fiber optic network is expected to be completed within five to six years. The first customers should be connected in 2Q 2022.
“It seems fitting that, as we celebrate 80 years of power possibilities through decades of innovation and industry change, we announce our intention to bring high-speed fiber to the home to our communities. cooperatives to bridge the digital divide ”, MVEA CEO Jim herron mentionned.
The fiber optic network will provide members with access to symmetrical gigabit internet capabilities (same upload and download speeds), which are among the fastest and most robust in the country. In addition, it will provide reliable and clear telephone service and allow the power infrastructure to benefit from the benefits of smart grid capabilities, including improved response times in the event of power failure, better load balancing, delivery more efficient electricity and others.
“As I was driving home the other day from the Mountain View Electric Association, I took the direct route passing Twin lakes and on Independence Pass, ”said Jonathan Chambers, Conexon partner. “As always, I marveled at the landscape. And I marveled at the poles, transmission and distribution lines that connect rural areas Colorado to the electricity grid. Using the tools and machines of the 1930s and 1940s, our parents and grandparents built power grids across the state. Today we can build a fiber network wherever there is a power line. Today’s announcement is historic – MVEA builds largest fiber-to-the-home network in Colorado. We are thrilled to be a part of it. ”
The partnership with Mountain View Electric Association follows recent announcements of broadband expansion in Georgia and Missouri in which several rural electric cooperatives announced partnerships with Conexon Connect. To date, Connect is working with eight co-ops to build state-of-the-art FTTH networks that will provide high-speed Internet access to more than 200,000 rural Americans. New partnerships continue to be announced as Connect’s footprint grows nationwide.
Conexon Connect has participated in the Conexon’s Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium, a contracting entity which has won over $ 1.1 billion through the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunities Fund Phase I auction to deliver broadband service at the gigabit level (highest level of service). The Connect Awards encompass dozens of electric co-op territories in 10 states. The ambitious initiatives will deliver ultra-fast symmetrical broadband service to millions of Americans – fiber optic to 100% of rural homes and businesses in all the territories awarded in the RDOF auction. The intention of the company is to join forces with the electric cooperatives serving the awarded territories.
Conexon and Conexon Connect work exclusively with electric co-ops with a commitment to serve 100% of co-op members with fiber broadband. Together with its customers, the company has designed more than 100,000 miles of fiber, built more than 30,000 miles per year, and has connected nearly 500,000 rural Americans to world-class broadband.
About Conexon Connect
Conexon Connect is the Internet Service Provider (ISP) arm of the leading rural fiber broadband design and management company Conexon. The subsidiary was created to operate and manage cooperative fiber-to-the-home networks owned by investors. Connect leverages decades of Conexon cooperative operations, fiber optic design and construction, telecommunications, federal and state lobbying, and customer experience management expertise to successfully initiate and operate projects . The Connect approach is to work exclusively with electrical cooperatives to launch and deploy high-speed fiber optic networks – the gold standard of communications transmission – enabling them to deliver world-class fiber broadband to 100% of their members.
Conexon works with Rural Electric Cooperatives to bring fiber to homes in rural communities. The company is made up of professionals who have worked in electrical cooperatives and the telecommunications industry, and offer decades of one-on-one experience in business planning, network building, marketing and telecommunications sales. Conexon offers its electrical cooperative customers end-to-end support for the deployment and operation of broadband, from the start of a project to its long-term sustainability. She works with 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 co-ops, nearly 50 of which are deploying fiber networks, with nearly 500,000 rural Americans connected to fiber-to-home networks. Overall, the company achieved more than $ 1.3 billion in federal and state funding for clients across the country.
SOURCE Conexon Connect