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Co-Mo Electric ‘lights up’ its broadband project
ongtime members of electric cooperatives might remember with fondness the “day the lights came on.” For those who once lived wthout electricity, that event was a life-changing experience. For some members of central Missouri’s Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, a comparable event took place just days before Christmas as the cooperative’s Co-Mo Comm subsidiary activated its long-awaited broadband network for the first subscribers. “This is truly a historic day,” said Co-Mo Manager Ken Johnson, recognizing the significance of the event. “These first few pilot-project subscribers are now connected to the future.” Co-Mo began exploring the possibility of building a fiber-to-the-home network in 2009 after numerous requests from its members. The cooperative attempted to secure funding under the federal stimulus program but was not approved. During the application process, the cooperative received hundreds of letters from its members who were desperate for high-speed Internet service. Undaunted, the cooperative moved forward on a pilot project designed to test whether building a high-speed fiber optic network was feasible. The business plan required a committment from a minimum number of subscribers before the network could be built. What happened perfectly mirrored activities in the 1930s that led to the creation of the first electric cooperatives. Members and employees went door to door begging their neighbors to come on board. Then, two local banks offered to pay all or a portion of the installation fee for subscribers. The threshold for subscribers was easily met, and work on the project started in the fall of 2011. Georgia-based Atlantic Engineering Group had the fiber strung in two months. Two areas were selected for the pilot project, one south of Syracuse and the other in the Laurie/Sunrise Beach area, due to their proximity to the co-op’s two offices. The demographic makeup of residents in those areas also will provide Co-Mo with valuable data that will help it decide if the network should be expanded to all of its members. “It’s been amazing to watch something go from dream to reality,” said Co-Mo Connect Project Manager Randy Klindt. “To turn on the service for subscribers and have them benefit from one of the fastest networks in the state and country, it’s very rewarding.”
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Workers team up to install fiber-optic line on poles for Co-Mo Electric. The first subscribers are now receiving high-speed Internet service from the central Missouri electric co-op.
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Sorrell new manager at M&A Power
he board of directors at M&A Electric Power Cooperative has named Daryl Sorrell as the new manager of the Poplar Bluffbased transmission cooperative. Sorrell, who was born and raised in Doniphan, was the power cooperative’s manager of finance before being named to his new position. He is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) where he received a degree in accounting. He also is a graduate of Doniphan High School and was raised on a farm in western Ripley County. The new manager is a certified public accountant. He worked for 23 years in various finance and managerial positions before joining M&A Electric as general accountant in 2006. He and his wife, MaryJo, enjoy raising and training AKC registered beagles and fishing for smallmouth bass in Current River. He has two children, James and Amy. Sorrell replaces John Farris, who served as M&A Electric’s manager since 2001. Before that, Farris was Black River Electric Cooperative’s manager for 18 years. He began his rural electric career as a groundman for the cooperative. He became system engineer in 1968 and also served as manager of operations and assistant manager. Missouri’s electric cooperatives congratulate Sorrell on his new role and wish Farris all the best in his retirement.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - February 2012
Rural Missouri - February 2012
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A plague of enmity
Out of the Way Eats
Hearth and Home
If the shoe fits
Rural Missouri - February 2012