Vernon Communications Cooperative Connecting Rural Southwest Wisconsin

Date: 1 Aug 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Vernon Communications Cooperative (VC Co-op), serving much of rural Vernon County, Wisconsin, was recently named a Certified Gig-Capable Provider by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association. VC Co-op joins a growing list of rural cooperatives that are offering gigabit connectivity to members in places where national Internet service providers don’t want to invest in infrastructure. The certification requires that “gigabit … Read More

Anza Electric Cooperative: High-Speed Internet Service in Southern California

Date: 28 Jul 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Just south of Mount San Jacinto in southern California, several small communities hope for better Internet access. The local cooperative has submitted a plan to build a next generation network fiber network further into Riverside County. Anza Electric Cooperative wants to expand its Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network through another 200 square miles of its service territory. This $3.7 … Read More

Co-ops and Counties Improving Indiana Connectivity

Date: 24 Jul 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Like other states with significant rural populations, local communities in Indiana have been working to come up with ways to improve connectivity for residents and businesses. Two more areas in Indiana can expect better connectivity as county government invests for economic development and a rural electric co-op decides its time to offer Internet access to members. … Read More

RS Fiber Upgrades: Gigabit Speeds With No Price Increase

Date: 18 Jul 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As if bringing high-quality connectivity to rural central Minnesota wasn’t enough, RS Fiber Cooperative has recently established the “Cornerstone Member” program. Now that gigabit connectivity is available, existing residential customers can upgrade from 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) with no price increase. As long as they continue service uninterrupted through 2017, they offer stands. General Manager Toby … Read More

Tennessee’s Tri-County Electric Cooperative To Build High-Speed Internet Network

Date: 4 Jul 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On the border of Tennessee and Kentucky, an electric cooperative looks to a more connected future. The Tri-County Electric Cooperative that operates across state lines is preparing to build a state-of-the-art network for high-speed Internet service throughout Trousdale County, Tennessee. This will be the first year of construction for the cooperative after several years of planning. Tri-County Electric … Read More

Electric Cooperative, County Collaborate To Expand Fiber-to-the-Home in Rural Virginia

Date: 16 Jun 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Prince George County, Virginia, and its electric cooperative recently entered into an agreement that will allow Prince George Electric Cooperative (PGEC) to offer Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) to certain areas in the county. The arrangement came after a successful pilot project that proved residents and businesses in the rural community were interested in better connectivity. The agreement will … Read More

Indiana Eases Easements For Electric Cooperatives, Allows Fiber Infrastructure Investments

Date: 14 Jun 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The State Legislature in Indiana sent SB 478 to Governor Eric Holcomb earlier this session; he recently signed the bill into law. Also known as the Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion (FIBRE) Act, the new law allows electric cooperatives with easements for electric lines to use those same easement for fiber infrastructure. The change in existing … Read More

Rural Solar At Risk As Co-ops Push for Less Oversight

Date: 30 Mar 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minnesota’s governor recently vetoed anti-renewables legislation that threatens rural solar development, but the bill’s likely resurgence means the state remains among a growing crop of Midwestern states facing the prospect of heavy-handed limitations on solar growth. The Minnesota legislation would have exempted rural electric cooperatives from all oversight of distributed generation policy by state regulators, putting … Read More

Video: A Solar Leader Emerges in Rural Iowa

Date: 15 Mar 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It seems counter-intuitive that a conservative farming community in southeastern Iowa is home to some of the most expansive solar generation in the U.S. But that’s exactly what’s happening in the area served by Farmers Electric Cooperative, the rural utility whose enterprising leader, Warren McKenna, saw renewables as a gateway to economic vitality. Last summer, ILSR … Read More

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