In the 1930s and 40s, many electric cooperatives brought the first commercial electricity to the rural areas of the United States, including Co-Mo Electric Cooperative in Tipton, Missouri, which was founded in 1939. Now, more than 80 years later, Co-Mo is embarking on a new mission, to bring advanced broadband services over a new fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to its membership. After applying and being denied for Broadband Stimulus funding twice, Co-Mo is moving forward in two pilot areas with a self-funded project. Already exceeding its expectations in early registrants, the Co-Mo Connect service will once again "light up" this rural community.
In this latest Calix Customer Video, hear from Ken Johnson and his team at Co-Mo about why they decided to enter the broadband business and the impact they expect this network to make in their community, for both businesses and residents.
Visit the Calix Blog next week to hear from United Electric Cooperative, a neighboring Missouri-based cooperative, and get a look into their new fiber project. Over the next few months, both Co-Mo and United will be sharing stories on the Calix Blog, with real-world experiences in the field and the changes they see in their communities as a result of their networks.