The Phase 1 signup deadline to see which area will be first to receive Co-Mo Connect fiber-to-the-home service has been pushed back to March 15 in the wake of the late-February snow storm.
The original March 1 deadline came while crews from Co-Mo Comm's parent company, Co-Mo Electric, were restoring power following a large-scale power outage. Randy Klindt, general manager of Co-Mo Comm, said he wanted to give potential subscribers in the Phase 1 area time to regroup after the blizzard.
"A lot of people were without power or snowed in when the deadline was approaching and passed," he said. "We didn't want the contest to end on that note."
The service will be built in the Phase 1 area that has the highest percentage of signups as of the end of the day March 15. Signups will remain open after that point, but the installation cost will increase from $100 after the construction map is complete and crews pass the location.
Phase 1 encompasses two areas. The first is the area east of the cooperative's Tipton headquarters, through California and up to the Co-Mo's eastern boundary. The second is the southeast portion of the cooperative's service territory by the Lake of the Ozarks. Phase maps are available at Co-Mo.net and in the "photos" section of the Co-Mo Connect Facebook page, facebook.com/comoconnect.
The delay will also allow the Co-Mo Connect marketing campaign to continue. Yard signs promoting the service can be picked up at either Co-Mo office or be scheduled for delivery by calling (800) 781-0157.
"Sometimes the best way to make someone aware of the importance of a situation is by telling your neighbor, 'Hey, we need you.' That's the goal of the yard signs. It's very much like a political campaign sign," said John Agliata, communications manager for Co-Mo Electric Cooperative and Co-Mo Comm.
Co-Mo Connect operates on the most advanced commercial technology in the nation. This fiber-to-the-home network delivers Internet speed of up to 100 mbps residentially. Higher speeds are available upon request.
Residential local and long distance telephone service and television packages are also available with bundle discounts offered as well.
More details and full channel listings can be found at Co-Mo.net.
Phase 1 is part of a four-phase plan to bring the fiber-to-the-home network to the entire Co-Mo Electric service territory. Each phase is expected to take about a year to construct.