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Cookson Hills Electric to Offer Gigabit Broadband

By February 11, 2021No Comments

Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative has secured more than $4 million through the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase I auction to launch and deploy gigabit speed-capable broadband service within its rural Oklahoma communities.

The cooperative has recently announced its broadband subsidiary, Cookson Hills Connect, and its intent to launch a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network to serve 100% of the 14,250 homes and businesses in its eight-county service territory. The RDOF funding will boost its build plans, helping enable Cookson Hills Connect to launch and deploy the gigabit-speed network to its members within just a few years, allowing them to realize the economic, educational and community benefits of reliable, affordable high-speed internet service. The deployment will encompass 2,500 miles offering access to FTTH broadband throughout its entire territory, according to Cookson Hills Electric General Manager Juli Orme.

Cookson Hills Connect’s 100 percent fiber network will deliver world-class service to subscribers, including ultra fast speeds for both downloading and uploading. This symmetrical speed and the power of fiber allows multiple users and devices at the same time without any loss of service quality. This is a necessity in the midst of the continued pandemic where the needs for reliable broadband – remote learning, working from home, staying connected with loved ones and virtual doctor visits – are so illuminated.

“The power of broadband to transform lives has become word of mouth across the nation and it’s catching fire. People are looking to America’s cooperatives to once again fulfill our mission of making lives better for rural Americans, this time through broadband,” Orme said. “The RDOF award will help us deliver on that and we are looking forward to putting those funds to use for our members.”

Cookson Hills Electric was a member of the Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium (RECC), a bidding entity of over 90 cooperatives coordinated and led by rural fiber-optic network design and construction management leader Conexon to secure RDOF funds. Overall, Conexon’s RECC was awarded over $1.1 billion, enabling electric cooperatives across 22 states to deliver world-class FTTH service to over two million rural Americans.


Read the original article published by the Sequoyah County Times.


Author Conexon

Conexon works with Rural Electric Cooperatives to bring fiber to the home in rural communities. The company is composed of professionals who have worked in electric cooperatives and the telecommunications industry, and offer decades of individual experience in business planning, building networks, marketing and selling telecommunications. Conexon offers its electric cooperative clients end-to-end broadband deployment and operations support, from a project’s inception all the way through to its long-term sustainability. It works with clients to analyze economic feasibility, secure financing, design the network, manage construction, provide operational support, optimize business performance and determine optimal partnerships. To date, Conexon has assisted nearly 200 electric cooperatives, nearly 50 of which are deploying fiber networks, with more than 200,000 connected fiber-to-the-home subscribers across the U.S. Overall, the company has secured more than $1.3 billion in federal and state funding for its clients across the country.

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