Georgia’s Ocmulgee EMC partners with Internet service provider Conexon Connect to bring world-class broadband to rural areas of central Georgia

The Connect, powered by Ocmulgee EMC, fiber-to-the-home network will provide high-speed Internet access to homes and businesses in five provinces

KANSAS CITY, Mo.June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Conexon Connectthe internet service provider formed by leader in designing and building nationwide fiber optic networks Conexonhas been selected by Ocmulgee EMC to provide high-speed fiber Internet access to rural Georgians within the cooperative’s service area.

Conexon Connect (PRNews photo/Conexon Connect)

Conexon Connect (PRNews photo/Conexon Connect)

The co-op is partnering with Connect to launch and roll out a fiber-to-the-home network that can span up to 2,100 miles in the center Georgia territory. The project marks the eighth partnership Conexon Connect has announced within the state.

The Connect network, powered by Ocmulgee EMC, will provide world-class fiber broadband services to homes and businesses around the world. LaurensBleckleyclevernessPulaskiand Telfair provinces. The goal is to eventually extend fiber broadband access to all 8,000+ members of Ocmulgee EMC, if possible.

“Just like our other Georgia partnerships, this project reflects our continued commitment to bring the many benefits of high-speed Internet to unserved and underserved residents and communities,” Conexon Founding Partner and Conexon Connect CEO, Randy Klindt said. “It’s a commitment WH Peacock and the Ocmulgee team share, and we’re excited to be working together to improve the lives and prospects of the cooperative’s members.”

Construction will start in 2022 and the first members are expected to join in early 2023. The project will take two to four years and will cost at least $40 million

The Connect, powered by Ocmulgee EMC, fiber optic network provides members with access to symmetric (same upload and download speeds) gigabit Internet capabilities – one of the fastest and most robust in the nation. In addition, it will provide reliable, clear telephone services and enable the benefits of smart grid capabilities for the electrical infrastructure, including improved power outage response times, better load balancing, more efficient electricity delivery and more.

“We are thrilled to partner with Conexon Connect to bring high-speed Internet to Ocmulgee members. Our rural areas and communities have long awaited these types of services,” said Ocmulgee EMC General Manager WH Peacock, “and we are excited to bring them the economic, educational and other benefits that broadband provides.”

Conexon and Conexon Connect partner with electricity cooperatives committed to providing their members with fiber broadband. With customers and partners, Conexon has designed more than 200,000 miles of fiber, installed more than 50,000 miles of fiber annually, and connected more than 500,000 rural Americans to fiber in their homes.

“A year ago, Conexon started building our first Connect project in Georgia† By the fall, we had launched the first 2 Gigabit service in rural areas Georgia“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 nationwide Georgia at a rate of 1,000 to 2,000 homes per week.

“I know there are others building in” Georgia, but there is a difference between these Connect projects and almost all others. These networks are owned by the people we serve. The financial support from the state is money that goes back to the people who live here. I expect the Ocmulgee EMC network, like the other EMC projects, will become a model for the rest of the state and country.”

About Ocmulgee EMC
Ocmulgee EMC was founded in 1938 in mid Georgia† From the moment its first members connected, Ocmulgee has kept its promise to connect with rural areas of its community. Ocmulgee EMC has made it possible for rural families in its service area to enjoy a higher standard of living by following the same vision and motivation as the founders who introduced electricity more than 80 years ago. Today, Ocmulgee EMC has more than 8,000 members and has powered more than 2,100 miles of power lines. Spanning the lines LaurensBleckleyclevernessPulaskiand Telfair provinces.

About Conexon Connect
Conexon Connect is the Internet service provider (ISP) of Conexon, a leader in fiber broadband design and engineering management. The subsidiary was established to operate and manage cooperative fiber-to-the-home networks. Connect leverages Conexon’s decades of cooperative business, fiber optic design and construction, telecommunications, federal and state lobbying, and customer experience management expertise to successfully launch and execute projects. The Connect approach is to partner with electrical cooperatives to launch and roll out high-speed fiber networks – the gold standard for communications transmission – enabling them to offer world-class fiber broadband to their members. Connect today works together with several cooperatives in ColoradoFloridaGeorgia and Missouri

About Conexon
Conexon is partnering with Rural Electric Cooperatives to bring fiber to rural communities. The company is made up of professionals who have worked in electrical cooperatives and the telecommunications industry, bringing decades of individual experience in business planning, network building, marketing and sales of telecommunications. Conexon provides its electrical cooperative customers with end-to-end broadband deployment and operational support, from project conception to long-term sustainability. It 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 assisted more than 250 electricity cooperatives, including 60 installing fiber optic networks, and connecting more than 500,000 rural Americans with fiber to their homes. The company has almost $2 billion in federal, state and local grants and grants for its customers.

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