Co-Mo Connect Announces Gigabit Pricing, Free Speed Upgrades

  • Co-Mo Connect
TIPTON, MO — Co-Mo Connect announced pricing for Gigabit Internet and revealed it soon will be offering a free speed upgrade to many of its subscribers. Internet at 1 Gbps will cost just $99.95 a month when it begins in March or April and current subscribers at the 20-Mbps level and above will receive a free boost in speed. “This is the gold standard of Internet,” said Ken Johnson, Co-Mo Connect’s president and general manager/CEO for Co-Mo Electric Cooperative. “There is nothing faster in the world for residents and businesses than what we’re offering right here in our little slice of rural Missouri.” Co-Mo Connect also emphasized that the rates have no strings attached. “We’re doing this because we can, because the network has the capacity and we received a good deal on bandwidth," said Randy Klindt, Co-Mo Comm’s general manager. "We’re passing those speeds and savings onto our subscribers.”

The new residential service tiers will be as follows:

  • 5 Mbps for $39.95 a month;

  • 35 Mbps (currently 20 Mbps)for $49.95 a month;

  • 100 Mbps (currently 50 Mbps) for $59.95 a month;

  • 1 Gbps — equal to 1,000 Mbps — (currently 100 Mbps) for $99.95 a month.


That means free speed upgrades for those on the 20, 50 and 100 Mbps tiers. Small-business tiers will also be seeing an upgrade. “There’s now even more value in faster speeds,” Klindt said. “Those speeds are becoming more and more necessary as technology changes and advances, and we’re giving that to you for no additional cost.”

Klindt emphasized that this isn’t an introductory teaser rate. “Nothing is going to decrease after six months or whatever the other companies do,” he said. “And subscribers don’t have to do anything to get the extra speed. If you’re on the 20, 50 or 100 megabit tier right now, we’re simply going to turn up your speed when this becomes available sometime this coming spring.” Klindt said those on the 5 Mbps tier who want to make the jump to 35 Mbps for just $10 more a month when the new tiers go into effect can do so.

Top Speeds Determinede by Devices
Though Co-Mo will be offering gigabit speeds, most Internet devices are not currently ready for it. Because of that, the top end for most gigabit subscribers would be in the 700 to 900 Mbps range. “That is still seven to nine times faster than the next Co-Mo Connect tier and even faster than anything anyone has or is even capable of offering in our area,” Klindt said.

Four-Phase Plan
Co-Mo Connect is a fast, reliable fiber-to-the-home network being constructed throughout the Co-Mo Electric Cooperative service territory and operated by the cooperative’s communications subsidiary, Co-Mo Comm.

The four-phase plan, the first phase of which was approved in June 2012 by the cooperative’s board of directors, will make fiber-to-the-home Internet, television and telephone services available to all Co-Mo Electric members — about 25,000 households and businesses. Each phase is expected to take about a year to complete. Construction on Phase 1, which reaches about half of Co-Mo Electric’s members, began in May and the first connections to subscribers in September, building upon a successful pilot project started in 2011 that successfully tested the fiber-to-the-home business plan.

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