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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
Consolidated Fiber is committed to delivering the high-speed Internet you need, so you can tackle step 1 of the list above!
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.
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.
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.
6:48pm January 19, 2018
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
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.
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.
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.
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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