Mohave Electric Coop to Build Fiber Network with TWN Communications

 

  • Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC)

BULLHEAD CITY, AZ and OLDSMAR, FL — Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC), which serves the Arizona cities of Bullhead CityFort MohaveWikieupHackberry and Peach Springs, announced they have received approval from the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to proceed with a planned broadband network deployment project. This initiative is designed to provide fiber optic-based internet access for the 40,000+ residential and commercial members MEC serves.

The decision by the ACC will set a new precedent for electric cooperatives in Arizona, to be able to secure financing, above a previously set threshold, for the purpose of providing access to broadband internet service for cooperative members.

Response to COVID-19 Communication Needs

"The onset of COVID-19 has made it clearer than ever that residents in rural America still lack reliable broadband service. The impact of this project for our residential members, as well as anchor institutions such as education and healthcare organizations will be tremendous. MEC is excited to help our members receive the access to high speed internet they've been needing for so long," said Tyler Carlson, CEO for Mohave Electric Cooperative.

MEC, in partnership with TWN Communications, will begin construction of the network infrastructure soon and anticipate service will begin to be available to some cooperative members later this year. The entire network is currently scheduled to be completed within 5 years of the start of construction.

TWN already provides MEC members with fixed wireless internet service in many areas, however, this new project will bring faster, fiber optic service to all these members, as well as those that are currently unserved. MEC members will have access to plans of 1 Gbps or more when service becomes available in their community.

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