Florida’s Escambia River Electric Cooperative is partnering with ISP Conexon Connect to bring premium broadband to rural Northwest Florida

KANSAS CITY, MON, January 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Conexon Connect, the internet service provider founded by a leading rural fiber optic network design and construction management company, conexonwas selected by the Escambia River Electric Cooperative (EREC) to provide high-speed fiber optic Internet access to rural Florida residents who live and work in the cooperative’s service area.

Operated by the Escambia River Electric Cooperative, the Connect network will span approximately 600 miles of fiber optics County Escambia Reaching over 4,000 electrical member sites at an estimated cost of $24 million. The network is expected to be completed at all 4,000 locations by mid-2024, with initial service availability targeted as early as Q3 2023.

“I welcome the decision of County Escambia commission to make broadband connectivity a priority for their unserved residents,” said Conexon partner Jonathan Chambers. “With county funding, we will be able to accelerate construction of areas that are part of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund FCC were. In addition, if EREC’s application for a grant from the state is successful, we can set up a fiber optic network to the other EREC members County Escambia. i want to thank Ryan Campbell for his leadership. Soon, County Escambia will lead the state in fiber connectivity.”

The blazing fast fiber optic network gives members access to symmetrical (equal upload and download speeds) multi-gigabit internet capabilities. In addition, it will provide reliable, clear phone service and take advantage of smart grid capabilities for electrical infrastructure, including improved response times to power outages, better load balancing, more efficient power delivery, and more.

“EREC has come a long way since the 1930s when we first brought electricity to this area. We continue to seek and bring much-needed services to rural areas, and high-speed internet is now a necessity,” he said Ryan Campbell, CEO of EREC. “As a non-profit cooperative, we are pleased to be able to offer our members this important service.”

Conexon and Conexon Connect work with electricity cooperatives that have committed to providing fiber broadband to their members. With its customers, the company has designed more than 200,000 miles of fiber, built more than 50,000 miles of fiber annually and connected more than 500,000 rural Americans with fiber to the home.

“We are very excited to expand our partnerships in the state Floridaand continue our efforts to serve unserved and underserved rural residents across the United States,” said Conexon founding partner Randy Klindt. “We founded Conexon and work every day to bridge the digital divide in communities like Conexon to bring fiber to them who need it most to those who are served by EREC.”

About Conexon Connect

Conexon Connect is the Internet Service Provider (ISP) arm of Conexon’s leading provider of rural fiber optic broadband design and construction management. The subsidiary was established to operate and manage cooperative fiber-to-the-home networks. Connect leverages Conexon’s decades of experience in co-op operations, fiber design and construction, telecommunications, federal and state lobbying, and customer experience management to successfully launch and operate projects. The Connect approach is to work with electricity cooperatives to launch and deploy high-speed fiber optic networks – the gold standard of communications transmission – enabling them to offer premium fiber optic broadband to their members. Connect Today works with several cooperatives Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentuckyand Missouri.

About Conexon

Conexon is working with Rural Electric Cooperatives to bring fiber to the home in rural communities. The company consists of professionals who have worked in the electricity cooperatives and the telecommunications industry and have decades of individual experience in business planning, network building, marketing and sales of telecommunications. Conexon provides its electricity cooperative customers with end-to-end broadband deployment and operational support, from a project’s conception to its long-term sustainability. It works with clients to analyze commercial feasibility, secure financing, design the network, manage construction, provide operational support, optimize business performance and determine optimal partnerships. To date, Conexon has supported more than 275 electricity cooperatives, 75 of which are deploying fiber optic networks, connecting more than 500,000 rural Americans with fiber to the home. The company almost secured itself 2 billion dollars in federal, state and local grants and subsidies for its customers.

above Escambia River Electric Cooperative

Founded in 1939, the Escambia River Electric Cooperative provides affordable electricity to over 10,000 northern residents County Escambia and Santa Rosa County, Florida. The company is a member-owned power distribution cooperative headquartered in Jay, Floridawith another location in nut mountain. EREC’s mission is to provide reliable, competitively priced electricity while seeking opportunities to improve the quality of life in the region through economic development projects, educating students about safety and the environment, and generously donating time, energy and resources to charities, schools and community events donate.

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