Glades Electric Cooperative partners with Internet service provider Conexon Connect to bring world-class broadband to rural areas across the Florida Heartland.

The Connect partnership will provide high-speed Internet connectivity to homes and businesses across four counties with Connect, supported by the Glades Electric Cooperative, and the fiber-optic network.

Moore Haven, Florida.And the September 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/- Connexon Connectthe Internet service provider set up by the head of rural optical fiber network design and construction management Connexonselected by the Glades Electric Cooperative to provide high-speed fiber Internet access to rural Florida residents within the cooperative’s service area.

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The cooperative is partnering with Connect to launch and deploy a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network of approximately 2,600 miles in length. Powered by the Glades Electric Cooperative, Connect will provide reliable and affordable high-speed Internet service to homes and businesses across parts of the GladysAnd the henryAnd the heights And the Okeechobee counties. The goal is to expand fiber broadband access to all of the cooperative’s 13,400 members.

“The opportunity to partner with a cooperative like Glades Electric brings us right back to the heart of why we do it,” he said, Randy Klindtand Conexon Co-Founder and CEO, Conexon Connect. “We look forward to delivering exceptional multi-gigabit internet to unserved and underserved homes and businesses in remote rural areas of the world. Floridaproviding access to the connectivity they need.”

Gladys Electric Approx 50 million dollars The network is expected to be completed within three years. The fiber-optic network will provide members with access to symmetric multi-gigabit internet capabilities (same upload and download speeds) – among the fastest and most robust in the country.

“The sudden change in our lifestyles during the pandemic has highlighted how late we are in reaching broadband Florida He left Heartland” Jeff BroingtonGlades Electric Cooperative CEO. “We set out to find how to make Glades Electric part of the solution, which led us to Conexon to help us bridge the gap in an affordable way and continue our mission of ‘neighbors work for neighbors.'”

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

“Over the past several years, I’ve heard people liken rural broadband to the rural electrification movement of the 1930s and 1940s,” said Jonathan Chambers, Partner at Conexon. “To us, that’s not an analogy; it’s a reality. The same companies that built electric grids across the state are building broadband networks. After decades of failure by the telephone and cable industries, electricians have collaborated on Florida Stepping forward to solve the digital divide. We are proud to join the Glades Electric Cooperative in this endeavour.”

Conexon and Conexon Connect work with electric cooperatives and other organizations committed to serving their communities with fiber broadband. Together with its customers, the company designs more than 200,000 miles of fiber, builds more than 50,000 miles of fiber annually, and connects more than 500,000 rural Americans with fiber to the home.

Around Electric Glades Cooperative
Glades Electric Co-operative was established in 1945 to serve the residents of Florida The heart of the countryside left behind in electrification Florida. Today, Glades Electric supplies power to more than 17,000 accounts over 2,600 miles of lines in parts of GladysAnd the henryAnd the heights And the Okeechobee counties.

Around Connexon Connect
Conexon Connect is the Internet Service Provider (ISP) arm of the rural fiber broadband design and construction management arm of Conexon. The subsidiary company was formed to operate and manage fiber-to-home collaborative networks. Connect leverages Conexon contracts to leverage collaborative operations, design and build fiber optics, telecommunications, federal and state lobbying, and customer experience management expertise to successfully launch and operate projects. Connect’s approach is to work with electric cooperatives to launch and deploy high-speed fiber-optic networks – the gold standard for telecom transmission – and to enable them to deliver world-class fiber broadband to their members. Today continues a partnership with multiple cooperatives in ColoradoAnd the FloridaAnd the GeorgiaAnd the Kentucky And the Missouri.

Around Connexon
Conexon is working with Rural Electric Cooperatives to bring fiber to homes in rural communities. The company consists of professionals who have worked in the electrical cooperatives and the telecom industry and provide decades of individual experience in business planning, network building, marketing and telecom sales. Conexon offers its electric cooperative customers broadband deployment and end-to-end operations support, from project conception through to its long-term sustainability. It works with clients to analyze viability, secure financing, design network, manage construction, provide operational support, improve business performance, and identify optimal partnerships. To date, Conexon has assisted more than 275 electric cooperatives, 60 of which are deploying fiber networks, with more than 500,000 rural American residents connected with fiber into homes. The company has insured nearly 2 billion dollars in federal, state, and local grants and subsidies to its clients.

Cindy Parks
913-526-6912
cindy.parks@conexon.us

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