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In our connected world, you deserve the same streaming, telecommuting, conferencing, and other tools that people across the world rely on. Consolidated is pleased to introduce Consolidated Fiber, our fiber optic network that will deliver high-speed internet to improve your quality of life. Construction will begin with a pilot project—and the first members will receive fiber internet service—in summer 2018. From there, we’ll continue to expand the Consolidated Fiber network, with priority on the communities where our members live.

We want to hear from you! Our construction schedule will depend, in part, on member demand, so fill out the form on this website to let us know you want high-speed Internet service from Consolidated Fiber! The full project will take multiple years, and our commitment to completing the project for our members—for you—will continue strong.

Check the website for continuing updates on the project. View more information on services and pricing.

Consolidated. Light up your life.


Fiber Internet

Don’t be frustrated by slow or unreliable Internet—get turned on and plugged in. Experience the convenience of 100% Fiber Internet from Consolidated.

What are the advantages of Consolidated Fiber?

  • Connect multiple devices to the Internet without sacrificing speed
  • Stream Netflix, Amazon Prime and other online movies, TV shows and videos without hiccups
  • Download and upload large files like photos without long delays
  • Service and support from your member-owned cooperative

Fiber 100

Power your digital life. Surf, store your pictures and videos to the cloud, stream your favorite movies and shows in HD, all without annoying buffering. Our service is symmetrical giving you download and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps—all without data caps.

$59.95


Fiber 250

The ideal plan for the connected family. With this package, everyone in the family (and friends that visit) can surf, stream movies and music, access security cameras, and play games online on multiple devices all at the same time. Our service is symmetrical giving you download and upload speeds of up to 250 Mbps—all without data caps.

$79.95


Fiber 1000

Clocking in at 10 times faster than our Fiber 100 plan, this is the package for the family struggling to support the explosion of internet connected devices. Many homes have more than 30 internet enabled devices which is why we created this plan. If you work from home, watch videos online, stream music, play video games, and have smart home devices such as thermostats and security systems, this is the plan for you. Our service is symmetrical giving you up to 1000 Mbps of download speed and up to 1000 Mbps of upload speed—all without data caps.

$99.95


Gamer Gig

If you’re a serious gamer, boost your gaming advantage with this plan. Gamer Gig is built with the serious gamer in mind. Traffic is prioritized on our all fiber network so that you get the speed and super low latency resulting in maximum throughput needed for gaming. When you’re not gaming, you can still work from home, watch videos online, stream music, and have smart home devices such as thermostats and security systems. Our service is symmetrical giving you up to 1 Gig of download speed and up to 1 Gig of upload speed—all without data caps.

$149.95


Managed WiFi (recommended add-on)

  • WiFi router 
  • Router installation and setup
  • No cost for tech visits due to router issues

$4.95






Social Media 101

12:47pm April 4, 2018

Consolidated is not only committed to bringing fiber internet to the rural areas we serve, but we also want to help our members use this life-enhancing tool effectively, efficiently, and safely. This is the first of a series of updates that will appear on crowdfiber over the next several months that we hope you and others in your household will find helpful. 

New to social media? let’s get you started

If you haven’t used social media before, it can be a confusing landscape. You may fear you’ll never understand the different services available. This quick guide will give you an introduction to what’s out there, who’s using it, and whether you might want to give it a try.

 

1.    Facebook. With 2 billion monthly active users, Facebook is still where the majority of the country (and much of the world) gathers to share news about their lives and keep up with their friends and family. On Facebook—which works equally well on computers or smart phones—you can post photos and videos, share links you like, and even put out a live video to the world. On Facebook, you and your friends have to agree to be friends (one requests to be friends and the other accepts), and you can limit what you post so only your friends see it.

2.    Twitter. Twitter is like Facebook, with two important distinctions. First, Twitter only gives you 280 characters for your posts, so you have to say things fairly concisely. Also, with Twitter the norm is that anyone can follow your account (unless you restrict your account), so usually what you post is public.

3.    Instagram. Instagram is more popular among young people than Facebook, though it is owned by Facebook. Instagram is all about the visual, so to write an Instagram post, you have to include a picture or video along with text. Like Facebook, Instagram also allows live video, and you can choose whether to keep your account to your friends or to share your posts publicly. Instagram is much more frequently used on smart phones than computers—on a computer, the Instagram interface is limited.

4.    LinkedIn. LinkedIn is similar to Facebook in many ways, but instead of posting personal information, LinkedIn is a place to share professional information. The profile you set up in LinkedIn is like an online résumé, and the site is generally used for professional networking or job hunting.

5.    Pinterest. Remember when we all had bulletin boards, and we pinned the things we liked most—pictures of loved ones, cartoons, inspirational quotes, and more—on them? Pinterest is an online version of the bulletin board. You can make several boards for people to check out, each with its own focus based on your interests. Pinterest creates an attractive board based on the links you share there, showing your friends (or the world) what you’re interested in.

 

Ready to start? These sites are only the tip of the social media iceberg, but they constitute the most used sites on the internet. Just remember to check your privacy settings when you get started, and you’ll be on your way. See you around the internet!


Consolidated Cooperative Rebrands & Announces Fiber Internet Pilot Area

4:58pm March 5, 2018

Since the foundations of Delaware Rural Electric Cooperative and Morrow Rural Electric Cooperative in 1936, and continuing through our merger in 1996 when we became Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Inc., our purpose has always been simple: to bring quality of life services safely, reliably, and affordably to our members and communities in environmentally responsible ways.

As we introduce new services like fiber internet, our name—“Consolidated Electric Cooperative”—no longer quite fits all that we do. From now on, we will call ourselves simply Consolidated Cooperative. Under the umbrella of Consolidated Cooperative, our electric, internet, natural gas, and propane services will be called Consolidated Electric, Consolidated Fiber, and Consolidated Gas.

In addition to announcing our name and logo change, we are excited to announce that we will begin construction on a fiber-optic network in April 2018, with the first customers receiving internet service in May. Select residents located in western Delaware county will be the first residential locations to receive Consolidated Fiber internet service. We chose the pilot area because of its small size, lack of internet service availability, and the amount of interest shown by members living in the area.

The fiber-optic network we are building will introduce speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than the national average of 10 Megabits per second. Expansion of the fiber network will continue for multiple years, eventually expanding throughout Consolidated’s electric service area.

Thank you again for your interest in Consolidated Fiber. We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.

Thinking of cutting the cord?

10:07am February 7, 2018

Frustrated by paying for television channels you don’t watch?

More and more people are “cutting the cord” these days—meaning they are letting their traditional cable or satellite service go and using other, more convenient, streaming options. Are you ready to cut the cord, but you’re not sure what your other options are? Read on!

The good news is that a powerful Internet connection—like what we will provide with Consolidated Fiber—is your key to a world of entertainment options. Here’s an easy guide to getting the entertainment you want, without using cable:

  1. Get a good Internet connection. Not all connections are equal. A single user streaming HD-quality video may need a connection speed of around 10Mbps, whereas a typical family of four using multiple devices at once may need higher speeds, like 50Mbps, 100Mbps, or even 1 Gigabit per second (1,000Mbps). Once available, Consolidated Fiber will have you covered. We’ll have different packages you can choose from, and we won’t limit the amount of data you can use.
  2. Connect your TV to a streaming device -or- invest in a smart TV. If you have a smart TV you do not need a streaming device. If you don’t have a smart TV, a streaming device will be the bridge between your Internet connection and TV. Popular streaming devices include Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, PlayStation, and Xbox.
  3. Find the services that will give you the entertainment options you want. The most popular streaming services, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, provide great film options, have fantastic original content, and cost less per month than a couple of lattes. Not sure where to find the shows you want? Visit justwatch.com, enter the show or movie you want to watch, and find out on which streaming services it is available.
  4. Pay less, get what you want, and ENJOY! This isn’t really a step—it’s the end result of cutting the cord. You’ll be paying less than you would for traditional cable!

Consolidated Fiber is committed to delivering the high-speed Internet you need, so you can tackle step 1 of the list above!

The End of Net Neutrality: What It Means for You

12:53pm January 25, 2018

Late last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) removed some of the consumer protections, popularly known as “net neutrality.” We know there may be some concern about what the end of net neutrality means for you and your Internet service. Briefly, we’ll describe what net neutrality means and our response to the FCC’s action.

What is Net Neutrality?

The phrase “net neutrality” is most commonly used in reference to restrictions put in place by the FCC in 2015. These restrictions kept Internet Service Providers (ISPs)—the companies that provide Internet service to consumers and businesses, like we will in the near future—from privileging certain types of content. It was required that every website be treated neutrally (hence “net neutrality”)—every website should load as quickly or cost the same to deliver as any other website. For example, without net neutrality, an ISP could charge Company A premium prices to load their content as fast as Company B (this is called throttling). The increase in price Company A pays would, likely, be passed on to Company A’s customers. Or, for another example, an ISP could choose to load their competitors’ websites far more slowly than their own or block them altogether, so customers who currently have service with that ISP find it difficult to switch providers (this is called blocking). Although there are pluses and minuses to the net neutrality restrictions, their intent was to protect consumers. The end of net neutrality means that ISPs can choose whether to throttle or block other websites if they desire.

Our Response

We want you to know that we will follow the original net neutrality restrictions from 2015, even if the FCC no longer requires us to do so. We believe equal access to every part of the Internet—without throttling or blocking—is not only desirable for you, our members, but also in the best interest of the communities we serve. Your trust is far more important than any revenue to be made by the end of net neutrality.

We look forward to offering our first members Fiber Internet service this summer. From there, we’ll continue to expand the Consolidated Fiber network, with priority on the communities where our members live. The full project will take multiple years, and our commitment to completing the project for our members—for you—will continue strong.

Update from the field

6:48pm January 19, 2018

Men work with surveying equipment in the snow.

Consolidated’s initiative to bring blazing-fast and affordable Internet to the rural areas we serve is now off the drawing board and out in the field.

While there’s no getting around the fact that this is a multi-year project, Consolidated has hired an engineering firm to identify all of the infrastructure needed to create a fiber optical network connected to your home. They’re identifying trial and Phase I areas, so be sure to check back regularly for that announcement. Our plan is to roll out the service and light up the first phase of homes in late spring or early summer of this year.

You may have seen – or will see – contractors working in our service area. Their vehicles sport a “Consolidated” sign. Some of them are surveying and staking, and others, with clipboards in hand, are conducting pole-to-pole data collection. Their goal is to connect existing poles to homes, and analyze where installation of new poles is required.

The cooperative also has some new full-time faces who will help our Service Specialists serve you when it’s time to sign up for Internet service.

And that’s not all. Consolidated is continuing to hire. The fiber-to-the-home project is opening up opportunities for local employment, so if you are job hunting be sure to visit https://consolidated.bamboohr.com/jobs/.

Thank you for your continued interest.

Until the next update,

Your team at Consolidated

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 Cooperative - Vicki Burnside

9:20pm April 21, 2018

Vicki Burnside

I work from home 2 days a week and our company requires certain upload and download speeds. I also attend school online. I've been using my phone hotspot for 3 years because the internet options in our area are not options that I would choose. Finally- we can watch a Netflix movie without it using all of my data for the month. We look forward to having reliable and affordable internet service for our area!


Consolidated Cooperative - Jim Rodgers

5:49pm April 19, 2018

Jim Rodgers

Just pulled up the "Fiber Zone" link. I see Houseman is now highlighted in orange on the map which we know is the first test area. I also see 7 areas highlighted in yellow. Are these potential areas next in line after Houseman for service? I also noticed that my area is at 17%. What percent of user area interest is needed to move up the list? Richard Weeks just asked an interesting question, are there additional upfront installation cost from curb to house? Stuck with 30+ year old copper phone line DSL. Jim


Consolidated Cooperative - RICHARD WEEKS

12:33pm April 18, 2018

RICHARD WEEKS

As everyone I am interested in timeline and I'm glad to see plan pricing. I was wondering if there is estimates for installation cost, cost per foot from road and whether we can do some of the work treching to offset cost. Thanks Richard


Consolidated Cooperative - Andrew Taylor

6:43pm April 13, 2018

Andrew Taylor

You've mentioned starting with a pilot area. Could you disclose the pilot area or what zone is currently under construction? Could you provide the projected fiber zones to be under construction next and rough time line? Everyone in the area is excited for it!


Consolidated Cooperative - Chad Spinosi

8:31am April 2, 2018

Chad Spinosi

Im in the Centerburg SW fiber project zone. Is there any time projection on when you guys are headed this way. IDK if im in the "pilot" area either. Can somebody shed any light please? Thank You


Consolidated Cooperative - Roger Hubbell

7:36pm March 30, 2018

Roger Hubbell

We live in the Sparta East Fiber Zone. It is our hope that we will be added to the network in the very near future. We will definitely sign up for this service.


Consolidated Cooperative - Valerie Childress

9:00am March 30, 2018

Valerie Childress

During the summers I have the opportunity of working from home so I really need high speed internet. We were only getting 6mbps. This would be wonderful but it is going to be hard to wait. Are you sure you can't open up more pilot areas :)


Consolidated Cooperative - KURT HINTERSCHIED

6:41pm March 28, 2018

KURT HINTERSCHIED

Live in the Sparta East fiber zone. Any timetable on when that zone will receive this service? 100 mbps is the standard for the future so can't wait to see it come down my road. I'll definitely be signing up.


Consolidated Cooperative - Jessica Dilley

6:27pm March 28, 2018

Jessica Dilley

This says “if enough demand”. When will we know if this is actually happening?


Consolidated Cooperative - Thomas Thompson

1:19pm March 26, 2018

Thomas Thompson

Please make this a priority. The sooner it is up and running the better for all of us. Would like to know the expected cost also.


Consolidated Cooperative - Lorraine Molitor

10:07am March 25, 2018

Lorraine Molitor

When will you have a plan to share of the rollout. I know your plan is to install the pilot area in western Delaware county beginning in the Spring of 2018. I'm wondering what the plan is after that. Like everyone else, we are struggling with the service we are getting.


Consolidated Cooperative - Andrew Young

11:24am March 23, 2018

Andrew Young

Hope you come to the Todd Street Road area in Kilbourne soon! We all want fiber!


Consolidated Cooperative - STEPHEN MILLER

7:09am March 22, 2018

STEPHEN MILLER

Let me know where they are putting the fiber optic and I will move there. I'm sick of Hughes, Wildblue and Excede.


Consolidated Cooperative - Karrie Prokopchak

9:58pm March 20, 2018

Karrie Prokopchak

Thank you !!!!! Super anxious for new internet!!! Can’t wait to say buy buy to century link Internet which is like dial up!!! Please hurry and pick this area first!!!!


Consolidated Cooperative - Jill Heidecker

12:46pm March 19, 2018

Jill Heidecker

How can I help? I just moved out to Degood Rd. and struggling with Hughes Net! The speeds are unbearable and I work from home A LOT! I can't get a simple email to come through fast enough. I am hoping to be apart of the launch right away!!


Consolidated Cooperative - Brian Williams

12:04pm March 16, 2018

Brian Williams

Can I help?! The faster this is up and running the better!!!!


Consolidated Cooperative - Robert Taylor

8:22am March 7, 2018

Robert Taylor

I was very excited to see “Select residents located in western Delaware county will be the first residential locations to receive Consolidated Fiber internet service”. Have those locations been established? I am very hopeful the Ostrander area is included in this list. I am looking forward to this new service! Please let me know if I can help with promotions.


Consolidated Cooperative - David Tatz

4:04pm March 6, 2018

David Tatz

Oh gosh - ME PLEASE!!!!!!! Another Centurylink victim. I am provisioned for 6 mbps, but I am lucky to see more than 1.5 most of the time. Techs confirmed, nothing wrong with the line or my hardware, it's all on centurylink's side. I work in IT, and work a lot, and I am getting by, but I'd loooove an improvement. The worst part is it's gotten progressively worse, we used to stream Hulu and Netflix, but we can't stream Hulu any more. I've been chomping at the bit for an alternative. and honestly I'd probably 50% more than I am now just to get a reliable 10 Mbps. So I'd loooooooooooooove to be in that expansion!!!


Consolidated Cooperative - Michael Bjorkgren

12:15pm March 6, 2018

Michael Bjorkgren

My house is within the orange highlighted "Fiber Zone" on Hinton Mill Rd in your Fiber Zones map. Does this mean my home will be included in the first launch of service in April? And if this is the case, how do I enroll to have service on day 1? (If you cant tell, I am super excited to get your service) Thanks!


Consolidated Cooperative - James Caynor

7:37am March 5, 2018

James Caynor

Please , please ! Get this program going as fast as Possible. current internet service is abysmal or non existent in this northeast corner of the county while the main CEC fiber loop is just a mile away from us. James O Caynor 6443 Lane road


Consolidated Cooperative - Lorraine Molitor

10:42am March 3, 2018

Lorraine Molitor

This is great to see progress being made. We are ready to sign up. Please let me know how we do that.


Consolidated Cooperative - Todd Kurena

5:31pm March 2, 2018

Todd Kurena

You can’t build this fast enough. I will sign up for service as soon as it’s available in my area.


Consolidated Cooperative - Charmaine Schaefer

2:47pm February 28, 2018

Charmaine Schaefer

Great to see pricing! Still in shock of how low you managed to get the pricing! When will we get to see a expansion schedule?


Consolidated Cooperative - Kyle Veppert

9:10am February 26, 2018

Kyle Veppert

So, I just saw the service plans and pricing! I'm SUPER excited! The lowest plan is what I pay now, but for 25x the speed! And a wired connection too, not the terrible wireless connection I have now that has interference issues . The plans only get faster from there! A big thanks to the Co-op for making this a priority and making it happen! I look forward to better internet service. Now if only we had a better idea of their expansion schedule... nudge nudge, wink wink...


Consolidated Cooperative - Denise Vesner

7:15pm February 25, 2018

Denise Vesner

Still anxiously awaiting. Ready to sign up and kick CenturyLink out! My business is struggling having to work with their slowness.


Consolidated Cooperative - Chris Gordon

11:09am February 14, 2018

Chris Gordon

I forgot to mention the only option here on smith road is dial up with Frontier which is terrible. I know lots of people here in the Westfield area that will sign up immediately.


Consolidated Cooperative - Chris Gordon

11:07am February 14, 2018

Chris Gordon

Where will you be beginning your service? I live near Ashley & I would sign up day one. My neighbors are all interested as well. I would also be interested in any trial phases you may need to conduct. I am looking forward to any updates as to when the service will be available. Thanks!


Consolidated Cooperative - Kim Johns

7:01am February 10, 2018

Kim Johns

I am so excited for the service to become available. I work remotely and currently have to use Hughes Satellite service. At times when Hughes is slow I am forced to use my cell as a hot spot just to get my job done. This service will enhance our communities and open up an affordable alternative for internet access. Thank you Consolidated for your investment it will benefit so many in the rural population.


Consolidated Cooperative - Scott Graser

12:01pm February 9, 2018

Scott Graser

Please tell me how to pre register.


Consolidated Cooperative - Brenda Thompson

9:45am February 1, 2018

Brenda Thompson

I would love to sign up as a test or get pre-registered to be one of the first areas to receive the new Fiber Network!


Consolidated Cooperative - Barbara Hand

1:49pm January 25, 2018

Barbara Hand

Sparta East here. Is there anywhere we can see the build plan so we have an idea when you will be turning up our area?


Consolidated Cooperative - Renee S

8:34pm January 23, 2018

Renee S

To CEC team: Bravo on making the decision to roll usable/fast/affordable internet out and invest in our rural communities. We promise to make great use of this internet service - it's essential for our jobs, education and productivity! Cannot wait for this service to arrive in our zone!


Consolidated Cooperative - James Barnosky

8:02pm January 22, 2018

James Barnosky

CenturyLink provides service one week out of four, and three week waiting time for technicians. But the scheduled technicians usually are too overwhelmed to show up. I hope you can make it down Ulery Rd this summer.


Consolidated Cooperative - Robert Taylor

6:51pm January 22, 2018

Robert Taylor

Is the first phase area of fiber defined anywhere on a map? Ostrander? Please.


Consolidated Cooperative - Maryann Lombardi

9:32am January 20, 2018

Maryann Lombardi

I live in Candlewood. Century link just connected me for 85.00 not counting tax, etc. for 25 gigs. what a rip off. I drastically want a fair price for interent.. I am sick of Century link. I have been with them for 3 years and we have two houses. they charged me 63 dollars in the first house. and now 85 in the second/ I am furious. I want consolidated electric internet in here. Many people in Candlewood do. You would get a lot of people who are disqusted with Century Link. You get different information from different people you talk to. I hate them.


Consolidated Cooperative - Nathan Talbott

10:14am January 12, 2018

Nathan Talbott

I am currently just outside of the Fiber Zones (Hartford), what are the plans for expansion, if any? I would love an alternative to CenturyLink, I have the slowest speeds ever and they aren't planning on upgrading their services anytime soon. I would like to be involved anyway I can if that mean expansion.


Consolidated Cooperative - Jim Rodgers

5:20pm January 10, 2018

Jim Rodgers

We moved here about 30 years ago. The only telephone service we could get was a party line! Remember those? Remember dial up modems? My service has improved over the years starting with a 2400 baud to 56k to my current 1.5 mb. That's the fastest available to me due to my distance from the switching station. The leg of my line ends in my front yard. My understanding is that underground twisted pair coppers life expectancy is 25 to 30 years. I have no memory of our telco company ever upgrading these lines. If it rains hard we can plan on our telco service to fail never mind the critters getting into the boxes and causing havoc. I call a couple of times a year to complain to no avail. I want and need real internet service and so do you. I'm all in with the Co-op on this. We need to get behind their efforts and support them and us. We are the owners after all. Jim


Consolidated Cooperative - Robert Nichols

12:21pm January 10, 2018

Robert Nichols

Last update was 11:44am October 4, 2017. Can we get an update on the progress?


Consolidated Cooperative - Daniel Filbrun

10:24am January 9, 2018

Daniel Filbrun

Fairview road here (just off of 36)... I can tell you, the entire neighborhood is tired of CenturyLink. We pay 60$ a month to have SOME internet, SOME of the time!!! A few neighbors have even switched to satellite internet (100$ Plus a month). We all are very excited to see anything else come this way... please hurry!


Consolidated Cooperative - John Andrew Magda

10:03am December 19, 2017

John Andrew Magda

Live on township Road 14. I am retired from AEP. I worked in the IT dept for about 34 years. I helped with telecommunications and Data communications accessibility. The network engineers came out to my house and we tried to set up a network so I may work from home. We were able to set up a phone connection but we could not get a fast internet connection. Since I live on a township road my only choice was Hughes net. With my shift of 6:00 pm to 6:00 am and the fare access policy I could not get a reliable connection. A fiber connection would be great since I am on a computer most ever morning. My Granddaughter will be coming back home mid 2018 and will be studding Film in college and this Fiber network could surly be helpful. She is right now taking both junior and senior high school credit so she may graduate early. She is also communicating with two TV producers and she is only 16 years old.


Consolidated Cooperative - cynthia kirk

5:52pm December 10, 2017

cynthia kirk

Live at 65 county road 170 and have gone for years with 1.5 century link DSL while the people 3 houses away get 10, and Time Warner said if we want them (the only cable company allowed in our area) then we can pay them $2000.00 for every 1000 ft to run the lines...right. I love that you are bringing this to my area and if you need an alpha/beta tester I am a computer engineer and would love to help.


Consolidated Cooperative - Justin Hewlett

6:43pm November 19, 2017

Justin Hewlett

I am just outside of the proposed zones in Lexington. But the network seems to be proposed very close to my proximity. I have several neighbors that would be interested and I am in the backyard to the Lexington local schools. I am a network engineer so would be willing to test the network on professional level. I am a 100% remote employee for the company I work for.


Consolidated Cooperative - Adam Wade

10:32am November 18, 2017

Adam Wade

I am currently outside of the proposed zones (I am in the north zone), but would love to have the option to be able to do something to bring the fiber to our area quicker (pre-pay a set fee, be a beta tester, etc). I know my neighbors would love to have faster, more reliable internet as well.


Consolidated 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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