Glades Electric Cooperative Partners with Internet Service Provider Conexon Connect to Bring World-Class Broadband to Rural Florida's Heartland

Glades Electric Cooperative Partners with Internet Service Provider Conexon Connect to Bring World-Class Broadband to Rural Florida’s Heartland

Connect’s partnership will provide high-speed Internet access to homes and businesses in four counties with Connect, powered by Glades Electric Cooperative, fiber network

MOORE HAVEN, Florida., September 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Connect Connectthe Internet service provider formed by the leader in the design and construction management of fiber optic networks in rural areas linkwas selected by Glades Electric Cooperative to provide high-speed fiber optic Internet access to rural Floridians in the cooperative’s service territory.

Conexon Connect (PRNewsfoto/Conexon Connect)

Conexon Connect (PRNewsfoto/Conexon Connect)

The cooperative is partnering with Connect to launch and deploy a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network of nearly 2,600 miles. The Connect Network, powered by Glades Electric Cooperative, will provide reliable and affordable high-speed internet service to homes and businesses in parts of the Clearings, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee counties. The objective is to extend fiber broadband access to all of the cooperative’s approximately 13,400 members.

“The opportunity to partner with a co-op like Glades Electric gets us to the heart of why we’re doing this,” said Randy Klindt, founding partner of Conexon and CEO of Conexon Connect. “We look forward to delivering exceptional multi-gigabit Internet service to unserved and underserved homes and businesses in the rural heartland of Floridagiving them access to the connectivity they need.”

Glades Electric is almost $50 million The network should be completed within three years. The fiber optic network will provide members with access to symmetric multi-gigabit Internet capabilities (same download and upload speeds), among the fastest and most robust in the country.

“The abrupt change in our lifestyles during the pandemic has highlighted the backlog in broadband access florida Heartland was left,” said Jeff Brewington, CEO of Glades Electric Cooperative. “We started researching how Glades Electric could be part of the solution, which led us to Conexon to help us bridge the gap in a very affordable way and continue our mission of ‘Neighbors Working for Neighbors.'”

In addition to fiber optic broadband, Connect, powered by Glades Electric Cooperative, will provide HD quality telephone service and enable the future benefits of smart grid capabilities for electrical infrastructure, including improved response times in the event of power outage, better load balancing, more efficient power delivery. and more.

“Over the past few years, I’ve heard people compare rural broadband to the rural electrification movement of the 1930s and 1940s,” Conexon partner Jonathan Chambers said. “To us, that’s not an analogy, it’s a reality. The same companies that built power grids across the state are building broadband networks. After decades of failed telephone and of cable, the electricity cooperatives of Florida step up and step in to address the digital divide. We are proud to join Glades Electric Cooperative in this endeavor. »

Conexon and Conexon Connect work with electricity cooperatives and other organizations committed to serving their communities with fiber broadband. Together with its customers, the company 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.

About Glades Electric Cooperative
Glades Electric Cooperative was established in 1945 to serve the residents of florida rural heart that had been left behind in the electrification of Florida. Today, Glades Electric provides power to more than 17,000 accounts over more than 2,600 miles of line in portions of Clearings, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee counties.

About Conexon 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 launch 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, Kentucky and Missouri.

About link
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 electric co-operative customers end-to-end broadband deployment and operation support, from project design through to 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 275 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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