Co-ops Connect Podcast

Co-ops Connect is Conexon's podcast hosted by SVP of Marketing, Sales and Account Management, Abby Carere, bringing you heartfelt stories from Rural Electric Cooperatives deploying high-speed fiber internet networks to their service territories. We sit down with co-op leaders who are tackling head-on the rewards and challenges of bridging the Digital Divide in rural America, one mile of fiber at a time.

Conexon is proud to be at the forefront of the electric cooperative fiber broadband movement, partnering with co-ops across the country to transform communities with world-class fiber internet. Our values align with the cooperative principles of sharing resources and working together to improve services and lives of the members served by our co-ops.

No matter where your cooperative is in its fiber broadband journey, there are valuable lessons to learn from the co-ops who have blazed the trail before you. Listen and learn more about how your electric co-op can build a brighter, more connected future for your community with fiber to the home.

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The feasibility challenges identified for Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative’s fiber-to-the-home network stacked up: a density of just 5 meters per mile and existing electric infrastructure that is 100% underground meant a build of 5-7 years. Conexon’s Abby Carere talks to Pemiscot-Dunklin Fiber General Manager Jack Davis about how TAP architecture and take rates that are beating all the models have changed the story for the Missouri co-op.

Published June 3rd, 2021.

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Before smart grid technology, Arkansas' South Central Electric Cooperative staff spent hours every month visiting meters and manually reading data. South Central Connect CEO Colby Wells speaks with Conexon's SVP of Sales, Marketing and Account Management, Abby Carere, about how the co-op has evolved and streamlined daily operatives after implementing smart grid development.

Published July 7th, 2021.

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After searching for the right internet solution for co-op members since Hurricane Ike in 2008, Mid-South Electric Co-op in Texas tested fiber internet in 2018 and immediately recognized its potential for the service area. Conexon’s SVP of Sales, Marketing and Account Management, Abby Carere, talks with Mid-South CEO Kerry Kelton about how the co-op turned a pilot project into a three-year build within six months of starting to plan based on member demand.

Published July 28th, 2021.

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When it came to launching East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative's fiber services, CEO Tim Smith learned early on there's no such thing as overcommunication. His cooperative formed a task force that became fiber subsidiary ecoLINK's biggest champion, spreading its benefits by word of mouth like wildfire. Smith sits down with Conexon's SVP of Sales, Marketing and Account Management, Abby Carere, to share his communications strategies for early success and plans for the future.

Published September 7th, 2021.

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The power of the cooperative spirit has never been more evident than when East Mississippi Electric Power Association staff, members, and partners joined forces to leverage the power of Mississippi CARES Act federal funding to bring broadband to its 37,000 members. CEO Randy Carroll joins Abby Carere, Conexon's SVP of Sales, Marketing, and Account Management, to discuss how the co-op worked together to pull off the aggressive project timeline and started connecting the first customers after just 4 months.

Published October 6th, 2021.

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After initially tabling the idea of bringing fiber broadband services to members, Osage Valley Electric Cooperative had a change of heart when leaders heard Conexon Founding Partner Randy Klindt speak about potential RDOF opportunities for the co-op's service territory. Jarrod Campbell, CEO of Osage Valley Electric Cooperative, sits down with Abby Carere, Conexon's SVP of Sales, Marketing, and Account Management, to reflect on how Conexon's feasibility study and change in business strategy during the RDOF auction allowed Osage Valley Electric in partnership with Conexon to hit the ground running with its fiber project.

Published November 2nd, 2021.

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