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We heard you! In a survey we recently conducted, cooperative members told us they want Consolidated Electric to build a fiber network and offer high-speed Internet. Today, many members in our serving area report insufficient access to reliable Internet service. Our members know that in a world of video streaming, telecommuting, video conferencing, and online education, connectivity is not a luxury; it is a necessity. As a result of your input, Consolidated’s Board of Trustees approved funding to build a fiber optic network that will deliver Internet service with the fastest speeds available in the area.

 

What’s next? Since the board of trustees’ approval in August, we began the process of designing and engineering a fiber optic network as well as developing the Internet services we will offer.

 

When will Internet service be available? We plan to start construction and provide service to our first members during the summer of 2018. Our priority is to make broadband service available throughout our membership territory. The investment made by the cooperative is significant, and the full buildout will take multiple years.

 

What can I do to get service? The schedule of when and where we will construct the network will depend on many factors, including where member demand is highest. Fill out the form on this website to let us know you want high-speed Internet service from Consolidated!

 

How do I stay updated?

Return to this website to check for updates.

 

Access to reliable, high-speed Internet is as crucial to the current and future growth of our region as electricity was when Consolidated started in 1936. We look forward to providing our member-owners with the best Internet service from the people you trust!


About Consolidated Electric

Fiber Survey

About this Campaign

We heard you! In a survey we recently conducted, cooperative members told us they want Consolidated Electric to build a fiber network and offer high-speed Internet. Today, many members in our serving area report insufficient access to reliable Internet service. Our members know that in a world of video streaming, telecommuting, video conferencing, and online education, connectivity is not a luxury; it is a necessity. As a result of your input, Consolidated’s Board of Trustees approved funding to build a fiber optic network that will deliver Internet service with the fastest speeds available in the area.

 

What’s next? Since the board of trustees’ approval in August, we began the process of designing and engineering a fiber optic network as well as developing the Internet services we will offer.

 

When will Internet service be available? We plan to start construction and provide service to our first members during the summer of 2018. Our priority is to make broadband service available throughout our membership territory. The investment made by the cooperative is significant, and the full buildout will take multiple years.

 

What can I do to get service? The schedule of when and where we will construct the network will depend on many factors, including where member demand is highest. Fill out the form on this website to let us know you want high-speed Internet service from Consolidated!

 

How do I stay updated?

Return to this website to check for updates.

 

Access to reliable, high-speed Internet is as crucial to the current and future growth of our region as electricity was when Consolidated started in 1936. We look forward to providing our member-owners with the best Internet service from the people you trust!

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Fiber is coming!

11:44am October 4, 2017

To say that we are excited to be announcing our commitment to bringing fiber Internet service to our members and communities does not do justice to how we feel. Our enthusiasm stems not from any selfish thoughts as a business (after all, our gain is your gain since you are the cooperative), but only from our ability to meet your needs and desires with high quality service and reasonable prices.

 We understand the eager anticipation you have to get consistently high performance both reliably and affordably, and appreciate your patience as we have been planning carefully how best to proceed. Certainly, the logistics of how and where we build, what services we offer, and how to make best use of our resources has been a significant undertaking. However, we have also spent considerable time planning how best to communicate with you all throughout this immense project; it is this planning that has prevented us from announcing our intentions before now.

 Rest assured, we would love to communicate that we will be reaching all of our members in a very short time. The reality is, however, that the magnitude of the project and the considerable costs require us to project full deployment over a period of five to six years. The good news is that you and your neighbors have significant influence over the schedule of when your area will be served. Using this web site, register your interest and encourage your neighbors to do the same. There are many factors that contribute to our priorities; however, interest levels of our members is one of the very important considerations.

 For those of you who are not members of Consolidated Electric but live near where we serve, do not lose heart! As we build out to our members, we will be evaluating the practicality of serving other areas that might help us accelerate our full deployment to our members. So please feel free to register (and encourage your neighbors, too); just know that we will be focusing primarily on serving our members first.

 Again, thank you for your past and continuing patience. As we move forward, we will use this site and other media to keep you up-to-date with our planning and our progress.

 Phil Caskey

CEO

 

 

Residential Broadband Planning Update

8:30am July 5, 2017

Thank you for using Consolidated Electric’s Crowd Fiber form to express your opinions regarding Fiber to The Home (FTTH).  We have received a lot of great feedback and have been fielding many questions regarding when FTTH will be available, how much will it cost, and what services will be offered.  While we really don’t have firm answers to these questions available today, we can let you know we are working diligently to get these answers for you. 

We are still in the process of completing our business plan to present to the board of directors for their guidance. As you can imagine, there are a lot of moving parts to starting a business of this magnitude.  If CEC enters the residential broadband business, we want to make sure we’re able to provide the best possible Internet service, at an affordable price point for each of you, and at the same level of customer-focused service you expect from our electric and gas services.  

We anticipate presenting our business plan to the board during their July meeting and hope to have a direction from them by the end of August.  These dates are not firm and could move, but today these are our target dates. We will be able to start answering questions once we have direction from the board. We understand quality high-speed Internet service has become a necessity for most homes and businesses and want to make sure we are prepared to ‘get it right’ for you, if and when we have full support and a clear business plan for success.

 Thank you for your patience as we continue the preparation and formalization of your business plan.  We hope to have very positive news within the next 60 to 90 days.

CEC takes next step in broadband initiative planning

12:55pm March 31, 2017

Our consultant has completed the initial feasibility study to provide our residential members with broadband services. Now, our consultant is in the process of completing our business plan and initial engineering studies. The next important milestone will be the end of the second quarter 2017 when we will have a definitive direction at that time. 

What can you do? Continue to encourage your neighbors, friends and family to register and complete the survey located at https://consolidated.crowdfiber.com.  We will continue to use the survey information to refine product packages, pricing, and interest. Watch for continued updates on the crowdfiber website, CEC's website and Facebook page.

 Thank you for your continued interest and patience in CEC's broadband to the home initiative. It is a long and arduous process.  We continue to be amazed and pleased by your passionate support and demand of better options for residential broadband and telecommunications services.

 

CEC Engages Consultant for FTTH Feasibility Study

9:25am December 6, 2016

Thank you for your interest and patience in CEC's broadband to the home initiative. We have been amazed and pleased by your passionate support and demand of better options for residential broadband and telecommunications services. As a result, CEC has contracted with a consultant to gather data and conduct a feasibility study to provide our residential members with broadband services. The timetable to determine our direction is in the first quarter of 2017.

What can you do? Continue to encourage your neighbors, friends and family to register and complete the survey located at https://consolidated.crowdfiber.com.  We will continue to use the survey information to refine product packages, pricing, and interest for the feasibility study. Watch for continued updates on the crowdfiber website, CEC's website and Facebook page.

Thank you again for your interest in moving the broadband initiative forward.



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Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Austin Dickson

6:09pm November 9, 2017

Austin Dickson

We have a Consolidated Fiber line across the street from our house which our neighbors and us would love to get access to as soon as possible.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Greg Dettore

11:49am November 3, 2017

Greg Dettore

I work from home. I could use reliable and fast internet. Spectrum has been cheaper and more stable lately but over the years they have a lot to make up for. Looking forward to having stable fast internet.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Vicki Burnside

9:10pm November 2, 2017

Vicki Burnside

I work from home at least 1 day a week and am in need of a reliable ISP. Before we built our new home in Ostrander I used to have Road Runner which was pretty reliable. I am looking for something comparable or better. I'm currently using my cell phone as a hot spot which is ok but definitely not a forever solution since my phone was meant to be used that way long-term.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Heather Sargent

6:52pm October 30, 2017

Heather Sargent

I would be a beta testere for you as well i work from home and need reliable affordable internet centurylink charges me 303 a month currently for a 5mbps download speed and .30 upload speed and i pay over 60 dollars a nmonth for one landline phone just found out this as well since june they havebeen charging me 29.00 a mon th for plus i have 24.oo last month of extra charges for phone alone


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Lorraine Molitor

12:01pm October 28, 2017

Lorraine Molitor

We would be willing to beta test this as well. We live on CR 20, south of 109. We've struggled for years to find consistent internet service.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Cheyenne  Peck

7:40pm October 19, 2017

Cheyenne Peck

I am in the North fiber zone—north of chesterville on 314 and my area is not covered. What can be done to ensure I get the service in that area? Cheyenne Peck


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Geoffrey Price

10:54am October 19, 2017

Geoffrey Price

I am in the Maregno East Fiber Zone and would be willing to be a beta tester for the service. I am using a hot spot with my Verizon Wireless which is pretty fast however, I would like to have something a little more reliable and doesn't throttle speed after a data cap even though I am on an unlimited data plan.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Wayne Harvey

1:09pm October 16, 2017

Wayne Harvey

Please start as soon as possible. The entire road I live on will be happy to be a Beta test as the 3mps speed we now live with has long since passed its true usefulness.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - KERRY Mundl

9:48am October 16, 2017

KERRY Mundl

I am also willing for trial and would pay upfront to get it quicker to our area.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Gregory Ratcliff

8:32am October 15, 2017

Gregory Ratcliff

Fantastic. Plug me in! Not only access, but the speed of access is what will give our children advantages they need in the future. Fast access enables so many more opportunities for those of us in this rural area to work from home.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Darthea Simon

7:43am October 14, 2017

Darthea Simon

I am so excited with this news!! Please sign me to be a “tester” or anything that gets me service SOON! Thank you for doing this and helping us move into the 21st Century! Keep up the good work!


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Charmaine Schaefer

4:01pm October 13, 2017

Charmaine Schaefer

I would love to see some sort of beta/trial signup or even the ability to prepay a year or so in order to get the service a bit sooner!


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Bill Harbison

2:04pm October 11, 2017

Bill Harbison

Very Glad to hear that the plans are moving forward! Of course it cant come soon enough. I've been living on DSL for way too long. I will gladly be an early adopter/Beta tester of your services. We cant get any of the Wi-Max providers because of too many trees, Cant use Satellite due to the latency and the issues it causes for VPN connections. SIGN ME UP!!!


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Philip Caskey

10:30am October 10, 2017

Philip Caskey
Campaign Owner

The best way to influence how fast your area gets service is to encourage your neighbors to sign up on this site. Even if your area is listed as "remote", it is still helpful to get as many different neighbors as possible to register!


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Zachary Broadway

4:26pm October 9, 2017

Zachary Broadway

Richard, The problem with any satellite internet is the latency you'll receive. Additionally you'll have problems with running out of available bandwidth and then being throttled to speeds WAY lower than the 6 down you receive now. In talking about internet speeds, you have three major metrics to track: 1. Download speed. This is the speed that everyone talks about. It's how all the companies compete. Anytime you're streaming, this is going to be how you are receiving your content. 2. Upload speed. This is for initiating web requests as well as sending pictures/videos/etc. via email or a service like dropbox. 3. Latency. This is the time it takes your web request to go through the upload side, and then return with a request from whichever server your reaching out to with a response. Number 3 is almost always ignored, but it can cause any web browsing to feel frustratingly slow. With Nexgen, you likely have somewhere around 60-150 millisecond latency times. With satellite internet, you'll be looking at 900+ millisecond latency times. My suggestion is hang in there with one of the Wi-Max providers (NexGen) until fiber is available. Once it is, all of the above items won't be a problem anymore for whatever you internet needs are.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Zachary Broadway

4:26pm October 9, 2017

Zachary Broadway

Richard, The problem with any satellite internet is the latency you'll receive. Additionally you'll have problems with running out of available bandwidth and then being throttled to speeds WAY lower than the 6 down you receive now. In talking about internet speeds, you have three major metrics to track: 1. Download speed. This is the speed that everyone talks about. It's how all the companies compete. Anytime you're streaming, this is going to be how you are receiving your content. 2. Upload speed. This is for initiating web requests as well as sending pictures/videos/etc. via email or a service like dropbox. 3. Latency. This is the time it takes your web request to go through the upload side, and then return with a request from whichever server your reaching out to with a response. Number 3 is almost always ignored, but it can cause any web browsing to feel frustratingly slow. With Nexgen, you likely have somewhere around 60-150 millisecond latency times. With satellite internet, you'll be looking at 900+ millisecond latency times. My suggestion is hang in there with one of the Wi-Max providers (NexGen) until fiber is available. Once it is, all of the above items won't be a problem anymore for whatever you internet needs are.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Richard Oyster

3:42pm October 6, 2017

Richard Oyster

Looking forward to getting your service. We have NexGen now and it has been reliable, but the best download speed we can get is 6M. Trying to watch a movie or TV show and it is continually buffering. I have been thinking about trying Hughes Net, does anybody have experience with them, until Consolidated gets their fiber optic installed?


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Joe Rotondo

2:48pm October 5, 2017

Joe Rotondo

Great news about Fiber Optics. If you are looking for Beta customers..... Sign me up !


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Kyle Veppert

7:02am October 4, 2017

Kyle Veppert

For everyone looking for updates, the following should help. Please be aware that this information was given to me by a service representative, not as an "official" announcement. I called Consolidated about a month ago and they informed me that their board voted to go through with the fiber plan! That was about a week before I called. When I asked who would be getting the service they said "all 13,000+ consolidated members". I personally have AEP, but the OTHER side of my street is CEC; they said there was a good chance I would have fiber service too but they weren't 100% certain. I asked how long would it take to roll out service; they told me they'd be starting in 8-9 months and would finish up in roughly 4 years. I asked how would they determine where service goes first and they told me wherever the interest is, they'll go first. They also said that this survey is how they track that interest almost exclusively. The best thing their rep told me to do to get fast service was continue to encourage my neighbors to fill out this survey. I hope this information was useful. If you would like to call yourself, Consolidated's has a number specific for their Enlite services. The number is 855-4-ENLITE (855-436-5483).


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Austin Dickson

11:06pm October 3, 2017

Austin Dickson

No updates yet? It’s been 3 months since the last update. What’s the deal?


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Kyle Veppert

7:14am June 30, 2017

Kyle Veppert

Hopefully we will be getting an update today? Today should be the end of the second quarter. I am sad to see that my road is not on the map, but its so close, about a mile. I know all my immediate neighbors would love the option of fiber, and it would make working at home MUCH easier. Do we know if extensions of this plan would be available in the foreseeable future?


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Zachary Broadway

4:23pm June 29, 2017

Zachary Broadway

I'm interested to see what the results were of the June board meeting on this initiative. Does anyone know where we can find this?


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Zac Clum

5:05pm May 30, 2017

Zac Clum

Anything is better than TWC having a stranglehold on the market! the cost in the city/speed is so much better when there is competitors


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Paul Mascari

6:04pm April 29, 2017

Paul Mascari

Feasibility study? If you build out fiber to give rural residents speeds most urban households don't have access to you will have subscribers galore! There. Feasibility done. Delaware county wants fiber! Bring it on!


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Mark Ervin

8:57am April 3, 2017

Mark Ervin

I live in the Centerburg area. The only "high-speed" internet connection available to me is satellite. The speed is variable, the cost high and the data limits are very low for modern needs. If areas such as that in which I live are to participate effectively in the modern economy/society, a network such as what is being proposed/studied by CEC is very important.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Ryan Boles

8:16am November 2, 2016

Ryan Boles

Any update on when this service might be available in any of the areas of study?


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Kyle Veppert

9:36am October 26, 2016

Kyle Veppert

The options available to me are terrible! I have been suffering under an inconsistent connection for years, let alone having the option for faster speeds. I know that myself and many of my neighbors would switch instantly if this service came to our road/area.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Bruce Hofer

2:50pm September 3, 2016

Bruce Hofer

Build it and they will come! Every person i know on Creek Rd and Centerburg Rd is willing to switch ASAP! We have been dealing with slow speeds for years!!! You have our support!!


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Austin Dickson

7:32am June 23, 2016

Austin Dickson

This needs to be done. We have a max speed choice of 10 Mbps for $100/month. This is ridiculous and needs to be changed. I would be willing to switch the second fiber was offered in my area.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Ken Kienzle

7:07pm June 7, 2016

Ken Kienzle

I love the idea of bringing fiber to our area. Frontier is available but is slow and spotty at best. TWC is available but often the through-put is bottle necked in our area at certain times of the day, more so now that summer is on. The service is also expensive for what you end up with. Having something like this would be great as long as the price is right.


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Terence Kachurek

7:51am May 27, 2016

Terence Kachurek

I work in the IT field and telecommute from home. Our slow DSL internet crashes multiple times per month, leaving me scrambling to find alternatives. We love it here but I couldn't imagine starting my own business in this neighborhood due to the poor communications services. Our 3G/4G wireless coverage is spotty and slow as well. Having a fiber optic internet available to us would be like trading our horse & buggy for a flying car!


Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Julie Fitzpatrick

12:28am May 22, 2016

Julie Fitzpatrick

Our internet options are drastically insufficient in our rural area! Thank You Consolidated for pursuing other options for many of us who are underserved! The only viable option on our section of road is satellite ~ slow and patchy~ and a total limit of 10G per month ~very insufficient for all of our educational needs! I truly hope this endeavor is a success!


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