CAF II and N.Y. Awards
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Otsego Electric

Otsego Electric Cooperative

Broadband Subsidiary: OEConnect

When Otsego CEO Tim Johnson started his job in 2016, he walked into a partially formed broadband deployment plan and incomplete partnership discussions with a local telecommunications provider and local economic development body.

The plans faltered a few short weeks ahead of an application deadline for broadband funding from the state of New York. Conexon Partners Jonathan Chambers and Randy Klindt stepped in to deliver an in-depth broadband model and subsequently, a well-produced application that won the co-op nearly $4 million in OEC’s first bid for New York funding awards. Following that, in the next and final bid for NY Funding awards, the co-op won $5.9 million more funds from the state and another $4 million in federal CAF II funds. All told, with Conexon’s help, Otsego has received $14 million in funding.

Otsego Electric

“Jon explained to us the advantages of being a rural coop and pole owner,” 

“He was an expert in where the funding was and how it would be distributed. His experience was invaluable. Ultimately Conexon hit a home run in designing our bids.”

- Tim Johnson, CEO - Otesego Electric Cooperative

The Leading Rural Electric Co-op Consortium

As a result of Conexon’s efforts, more than 150 co-ops are in the early stages exploring the opportunity to bring economic, educational and societal advantages to their communities and the members they serve with nearly 40 designing and constructing networks today. Contact us for a zero-cost Electric Cooperative consultation.