Anza Electric Coop Selects Adtran for ConnectAnza Network

HUNTSVILLE, AL — Anza Electric Cooperative has selected gigabit service architecture from ADTRAN, a provider of next-generation open networking solutions, for its ConnectAnza network. The utility saw an opportunity to address unmet market demand for broadband connectivity, and has exceeded residents’ expectations by delivering a higher speed, more dynamic broadband service through ConnectAnza.

“ConnectAnza is definitely filling a void in the market. With only one CLEC delivering basic broadband and no cable providers offering any alternatives, we took it upon ourselves to give our customers the latest ultra-fast, gigabit broadband connectivity,” said Kevin Short, general manager, Anza Electric Cooperative. “The response by both residential and business customers has been amazing. It’s not at all unusual for our service van drivers to get stopped in the street by people asking when they can be signed up for Gigabit broadband. We really see this technology having a transformational effect on our community.”

Job Training and Virtual Education Programs
For the communities in the nearly 700 square miles of high desert between San Diego and Palm Springs, career and higher education opportunities have been somewhat limited. Anza Electric’s Gigabit ConnectAnza service launch is enabling the creation of job training and virtual education programs. Demand for free computer training classes has significantly increased as residents realize the potential remote job benefits with this skill set. The utility is also spearheading a professional telecom training program at a satellite campus with one of the regional community colleges. The success of these programs has captured the attention of the Riverside County IT department — the fourth largest in the country — looking to duplicate Anza Electric’s efforts.

Like in Anza, ADTRAN’s gigabit service architecture is creating opportunities for utilities, municipalities and other types of public entities to meet demand for broadband in areas not traditionally served by other network operators. These local companies are an intrinsic part of their communities and able to leverage their assets to deliver Gigabit services directly, or provide dark fiber while partnering with 3rd party service providers to deliver the broadband service.

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