KANSAS CITY, Mo., October 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Conexon, a leader in the design and construction management of rural fiber optic networks, and the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) are expanding their partnership to bring fiber-to-the-home service ( FTTH) throughout the territory of the cooperative.
NHEC and Conexon worked together to provide high-speed Internet access to two communities, Acworth and Sandwich, and will soon expand to 32 communities throughout Grafton County. NH Broadband, the cooperative’s fiber subsidiary, will eventually offer high-speed fiber Internet service covering nine counties and nearly 120 communities. The service is available today for customers of Acworth, Sandwich, clarksville, Colebrook, Lempster and Stewartstownand should be available for the first customers in Grafton County by the first quarter of 2023.
Conexon provides a full range of fiber optic broadband services, including network design, construction project management, engineering and operations support. Additionally, through its Internet service provider subsidiary, Conexon Connect, the Company also provides services such as customer registration, installations, billing, technical support and access to multi-gigabit speed.
“Over the past few years, I’ve heard people compare rural broadband to the rural electrification movement of the 1930s and 1940s,” Conexon partner Jonathan Chambers said. “To us, it’s not an analogy, it’s a reality. The same companies that have built power grids across the country are building broadband networks. Alyssa Clemsen Roberts was one of the first to recognize how electricity cooperatives could bridge the digital divide. In fact, Alyssa introduced me to this idea when I was at FCC. She also introduced me Randy Klindt. I am thrilled that Alyssa has joined NHEC and is leading this new venture.”
The ultra-fast fiber optic network offered by NH Broadband will provide members with access to some of the fastest and most robust symmetrical multi-gigabit Internet capabilities in the country. Additionally, it will enable smart grid enhancements and capabilities for electrical infrastructure, including improved response times in the event of a power outage, better load balancing, and more efficient power distribution.
“Making affordable high-speed internet accessible to all of our members who need it is a major undertaking, on par with the efforts to bring light and power to these same places over 80 years ago” , said the chairman and CEO of NHEC. Alyssa Clemsen Roberts said. “We are excited to have Conexon’s resources and experience as we strive to bring this next essential service to our members.”
Conexon brings unrivaled experience and expertise in rural FTTH network deployment to the project. The company has designed over 200,000 fiber miles for cooperative projects and builds over 50,000 fiber miles each year. In addition, Conexon has created a vast ecosystem of specialized fiber rural construction equipment and labor resources. Since its inception six years ago, Conexon has helped nearly 275 electric co-ops, 75 of which are deploying fiber networks, with more than 500,000 fiber-to-the-home subscribers across the United States.
“We are excited to strengthen our current relationship with the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and make a difference in the lives of even more residents who are currently unserved or underserved by broadband,” said Randy Klindt, Partner founder of Conexon. “We are thrilled to have such a positive and productive partnership with Alyssa and her team, a partnership that allows us to continue our mission to bridge the digital divide.”
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility headquartered in Plymouth, NH NHEC connects its 85,000 members through 6,000 miles of power lines, crossing 118 communities across New Hampshire.
Conexon works with rural electric cooperatives to bring fiber to the homes of rural communities. The company is made up of professionals who have worked in electrical cooperatives and the telecommunications industry, and offer decades of individual experience in business planning, network building, telecommunications marketing and sales. Conexon offers its electric cooperative customers end-to-end support for broadband deployment and operation, from the conception of a project to its long-term sustainability. It works with its 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 helped more than 275 electric co-ops, 75 of which are deploying fiber networks, with more than 500,000 rural Americans connected to fiber to their homes. The company obtained almost $2 billion in federal, state and local grants and subsidies for its clients.
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