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NRECA Creates Membership Service Tier to Focus on Rural Broadband

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has created a new membership tier for cooperatives considering or currently providing broadband services. This membership group is designed to help provide assistance with strategy and support for a wide range of related issues, including technology, communication, regulations, and federal policy. NRECA anticipates that about...

Continental Divide Electric Cooperative Expanding Broadband to Zuni Nation Members

Continental Divide Electric Cooperative’s (CDEC) Red Bolt Broadband unit is working with Zuni tribal government to provide internet connectivity to 2,200 households on the tribe’s reservation land. The project is funded by a combination of state, federal, and tribal grants, with CDEC paying the balance of construction costs. CDEC’s existing transmission lines will serve as the backbone...

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative to Expand Broadband

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative is planning a broadband expansion to over 30 towns in rural parts of Grafton County, NH, to an estimated 16,500 people. The project is expected to start in early summer 2022 and be completed in 18 months.

Flint Energies and Conexon Connect Partner to Provide Broadband to Rural Georgia

Flint Energies and Conexon Connect have announced a $90 million project to deploy a 3,000-mile fiber network in middle Georgia. The project is made possible through a combination of grants and significant investments by the two companies. Work is set to begin immediately and finish in 2026.

Georgia Cooperatives Awarded $130 Million in Broadband Grants

Altamaha EMC, Central Georgia EMC, Diverse Power, Ocmulgee EMC, Southern Rivers Energy and Washington EMC are among the Georgia cooperatives who received a combined $130 million in rural broadband grants from the American Rescue Plan Act, the $1.9 trillion dollar bill passed in March of 2021. The funds will be used to expand broadband to more than 120,000 customers across...

Rural Electric Cooperatives Are Fastest Growing Group of Broadband Providers

Electric Cooperatives are part of a rapidly growing group of companies working to deliver broadband service to some of the hardest to reach places in the country.

Diverse Power to Expand Broadband Services

Electric cooperative Diverse Power has received $25 million from the federal government to be used to deliver broadband internet service across five counties in Georgia.

Virginia Electric Coops Win $162 Million for Universal Broadband Efforts

Four electric cooperatives in Virginia will provide high-speed internet access across 20 counties and connect more than 50,000 residents and businesses after winning $162 million in recently announced state and federal grants.

North Carolina Electric Cooperative Awarded $6 Million to Aid Members with Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

Roanoke Electric Cooperative (Roanoke) in North Carolina was recently awarded a $6 million loan by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program designed to help rural businesses fight climate change, create jobs, and expand access to renewable technologies. Roanoke will use the funds to expand its existing energy-efficiency program and to aid the cooperative’s broadband subsidiary...

FCC Announces Additional Funding for Rural Broadband Expansion

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved another $700 million in winning bids to be authorized through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund this week, which funding will go to 50 broadband providers for projects in 26 states. The primary beneficiary of the funds was Conexon Connect, a fiber provider powered by electric cooperatives that works with rural electric cooperatives...

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