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  • Co-Mo Connect expands to Versailles

  • Co-Mo Connect is coming to the residents of the cities of Versailles and Tipton.

    Construction will start this summer on the revolutionary fiber-to-the-home service that provides Internet at speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, crystal-clear TV and unlimited local and long-distance residential telephone.
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  • Co-Mo Connect is coming to the residents of the cities of Versailles and Tipton.
     Construction will start this summer on the revolutionary fiber-to-the-home service that provides Internet at speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, crystal-clear TV and unlimited local and long-distance residential telephone.
    “This is a tremendous opportunity to expand gigabit service to two more cities and make them a part of Co-Mo country,” said Co-Mo Connect President Ken Johnson.
    The Wednesday announcement coincided with a visit to Co-Mo Connect from U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), a strong supporter of rural broadband efforts.
    “Co-Mo is proving to the world that electric cooperatives are uniquely positioned to meet the broadband needs of rural communities,” Hartzler said. “Local consumers have shown strong demand for high-speed Internet service, which is essential for business development, educational opportunities and advanced telemedicine. This project lays the foundation for years of economic development and a much-needed boost for this region of our district.”  
    The city of California was the first municipality outside the cooperative’s service territory to receive Co-Mo Connect. Construction and initial installations will be wrapping up there this summer before crews move on to Versailles. Work in Tipton will follow the Versailles project.
    “What’s being created is one continuous area of rural America that has the most technologically advanced communications network in the country,” said Randy Klindt, general manager of Co-Mo Connect, the communications subsidiary of Co-Mo Electric. “Whether we provide a community with electricity or not, we will continue to explore the possibilities of extending Co-Mo Connect where and when it makes sense because we believe in the power of fiber-to-the-home connectivity to transform our region.”
    Details about speeds, prices and packages can be found at co-mo.net.
     Co-Mo Connect recently acquired the abandoned cable plant left by the last provider when it pulled out of this area. This abandoned cable system will be replaced by Co-Mo Connect’s state-of-the-art fiber network, technology available in only a few places throughout the country. Through that network, residents in Versailles and Tipton will soon join a short list of gigabit cities, all of which are much larger, including Kansas City, Mo.; Austin, Texas; Provo, Utah; and Chattanooga, Tenn.
     “We call Co-Mo Connect the next generation of light, and it truly is,” Johnson said.
    Versailles and Tipton residents will be contacted by mail when it is time to sign up for service this summer. Residents should also be checking co-mo.net and the Co-Mo Connect Facebook page at facebook.com/comoconnect for information as it becomes available.
    “Hands down, Co-Mo Connect will be the best service available in these cities,” Klindt said. “Not only will it have the fastest speeds, the most clear television picture and the best unlimited telephone, but we’re very proud to have local customer service and to put the dollars our subscribers spend with us back into the communities we serve by hiring local people who supporting local businesses and organizations.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The Versailles and Tipton projects will occur simultaneously with the four-phase plan to construct the Co-Mo Connect network throughout the entire Co-Mo Electric service territory. Phase 1 is nearing completion, and work on Phase 2 has already begun. Co-Mo members can find out more information about which phase they are in by visiting co-mo.net.
    “Our commitment has always been and will continue to be to our members first,” Johnson said. “These projects — California, Versailles, Tipton — allow us to create another revenue stream that helps minimize the risk to the cooperative’s members as we get to the areas with fewer residents per mile of line in Phases 3 and 4. It’s a win-win for our members and for the residents of these cities.”
    Johnson said Co-Mo’s commitment is so strong that residents in the rural areas surrounding Versailles have been moved up from Phase 3 to Phase 2 of the project to coincide with the construction of the city of Versailles.
    “As other providers are reducing service or abandoning customers altogether, Co-Mo is stepping in to provide service to help keep our region healthy and viable,” Klindt said.
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