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  • Co-Mo Connect signups begin in Versailles; gigabit Internet near

  • Versailles city residents are one step closer to the fastest Internet in the country.
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  • Versailles city residents are one step closer to the fastest Internet in the country.
    Signups for the Co-Mo Connect fiber-to-the-home communications network have begun. The network provides high-speed Internet with speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, telephone and television service. It is a product of Co-Mo Comm, the communications subsidiary of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative.
    City residents can now sign up for the service by going to co-mo.net.
    “Other networks talk about being ‘fiber rich.’ That just means that the fiber goes to a neighborhood and then old-school cables takes the signal the rest of the way. As soon as you switch to that old-school technology, the speed plummets,” said Randy Klindt, Co-Mo Connect’s General Manager. “We never switch to that old-school cable. We have that next-generation connection all the way into the home.”
    Details on other packages, as well as TV and phone deals, can be found at co-mo.net.
    Co-Mo Connect launched in December 2011 in two pilot project areas ― one in the Sunrise Beach/Laurie area and one just south of Syracuse. In June 2012, the Co-Mo Connect Board of Directors voted to extend the project to the entire Co-Mo Electric service territory over the next four-plus years. Phase 1 installations are nearing completion, and Phase 2 is under way.
    It was during Phase 1 that the opportunity came to extend the project beyond Co-Mo Electric’s service territory. The City of California helped pave the way for installation on city poles in space previously occupied by defunct cable companies. Installations in California are almost complete, and service is available citywide.
    As the California project progressed, the opportunity to extend fiber in the cities of Tipton and Versailles emerged.
    “We jumped at those opportunities,” Klindt said. “We’re creating this pocket of the most advanced communications network in the country right here in rural Missouri. It’s pretty amazing.”
    Along the way, the project is spurring economic development. Co-Mo Connect now has 16 jobs ranging from customer service to highly skilled technical spots. And the contractors building the network are eating in local restaurants, filling their trucks at local gas stations and accessing local community services.
    “The possibilities to use fiber-to-the-business connectivity to improve commerce and competitiveness is the next step, a step we’re already seeing as we move along with this project,” Klindt said.
    Just ask Randall Power.
    Power owns Grandmaster LLC, a Gravois Mills-area manufacturer of gun parts and tools for gunsmithers that has been in operation since 1959. He made the switch to Co-Mo Connect in November 2013.
    The main complaint Power had ― beyond the service interruptions caused by rain clouds ― was the 550-megabit limit per day.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I pull my orders off the Internet, and that would eat up those megabytes for the day pretty fast. And then whenever the limit was reached, it slowed to dial-up speed, which would just make me scream,” he said.
    People whose questions aren’t answered via co-mo.net should call (800) 781-0157.

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