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Fast 50: Conexon’s rural broadband work brings high-speed growth

By August 9, 2019August 13th, 2019No Comments

By Juliana Garcia  – Staff Writer, Kansas City Business Journal

Rank: No. 8
Growth 2016-2018: 162.43%

The dearth of high-speed internet service is a serious impediment to rural communities working to retain and attract residents and businesses.

So when Randy Klindt developed a lower-cost way of bringing fiber to customers’ homes for a Missouri electric cooperative, it attracted far-ranging attention.

Klindt founded Conexon LLC to help electric co-ops plan, finance and implement fiber-to-the-home projects. The Kansas City company has grown from less than $1 million in revenue in 2016 to more than $6 million in 2018. Klindt, a Conexon partner, credited two main reasons: industry education and clientele.

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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 conception 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 150,000 connected fiber-to-the-home subscribers across the U.S. The company has secured more than a quarter of a billion dollars in federal and state grants for its clients.

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