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Fiber internet on its way to middle Georgia through new partnership

By July 5, 2022No Comments

(41NBC/WMGT) — Ocmulgee EMC is planning to partner with Conexon Connect in order to provide more Georgians in rural areas high-speed fiber broadband service.

According to a release from Governor Kemp, Conexon Connect is an internet service provider, that in teaming up with Ocmulgee EMC–which provides several counties with powerlines and more, plans to launch and deploy a network that could span up to 2,100 miles of fiber-to-the-home, high speed internet access to up to 8,000 people within the Laurens, Dodge, Bleckley, Pulaski, and Telfair county areas.

The funding behind this project comes from the $19 million grant through the American Rescue Plan Act. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide all of Ocmulgee EMC’s membership with fiber internet, if funding allows.

Ground will be broken in September of 2022 to begin this process, that is expected to take 2 to 4 years– with the first customers being connected as early as 2023.

Governor Kemp had this to say about the project:

“When I ran for Governor in 2018, I promised to bring opportunity to all Georgians, no matter their zip code,” and, “We’ve seen vast expansions of broadband internet access across rural Georgia, connecting our citizens to a wide network of resources and opening doors. I commend Ocmulgee EMC and Conexon for this exciting public-private partnership and their commitment to creating value for their communities.”


Read the original article published by 41 WMGT.


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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