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Mitchell EMC, Conexon Connect partner to deliver high-speed fibre internet access for rural Georgians

February 17, 2023

Posted by: Janmesh Chintankar

Kansas City, United States – Conexon Connect, an internet service provider formed by rural fibre-optic network design and construction management provider Conexon, has been selected by Mitchell EMC to deliver high-speed fibre internet access for rural Georgians within the cooperative’s service territory. 

The cooperative is partnering with Connect to launch and deploy a fibre-to-the-home network, that could ultimately span up to 5,570 miles across its southwest Georgia territory.

The Connect, powered by Mitchell EMC, network will deliver fibre broadband services to homes and businesses, initially in Mitchell and Worth counties where the co-op received American Rescue Plan Act funding. The goal is to ultimately expand fibre broadband access to all of Mitchell EMC’s 15,764 members across BakerDoughertyMitchell and Worth counties, and in parts of CalhounColquittDecaturEarlyGradyLeeMillerThomasTift and Turner counties, if possible.

“Working alongside Mitchell EMC to bring high-speed internet to its members is exciting and fulfilling for everyone at Conexon Connect,” Conexon founding partner and Conexon Connect CEO, Randy Klindt, says “It’s very clear that Tony and his team are committed to bringing the benefits of high-speed internet to the communities they serve, and we are proud to play a role in their efforts.”

The first phase of construction will begin in first quarter 2023, with the earliest members expected to be connected by mid-year. The project is expected to take three-to-four years to complete and will cost approximately [$80 million (€75.21 million)].

The Connect, powered by Mitchell EMC, fibre network will offer members access to symmetrical (same upload and download speeds) gigabit internet capabilities in the nation. Additionally, it will provide reliable, clear phone service, and enable the benefits of smart grid capabilities to the electrical infrastructure, including improved power outage response times, better load balancing, more efficient electricity delivery and more.

Mitchell EMC CEO, Tony Tucker, says “Partnering with Conexon Connect will allow us to provide members with the high-quality, high-speed internet and reliable connection typically found in larger cities. This will bring a level of equality to rural living and usher in an era of opportunity for residents wanting to work from home, access telemedicine and more.”

Conexon and Conexon Connect work with electric cooperatives committed to serving their members with fibre broadband. With clients and partners, Conexon has designed more than 200,000 miles of fibre, builds more than 50,000 miles of fibre annually and has connected more than 500,000 rural Americans to fibre-to-the-home internet.

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