Ozarks Electric Cooperative Announces OzarksGo Fiber Network

  • Ozarks Electric Cooperative
  • OzarksGo
FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Ozarks Electric Cooperative announced OzarksGo, a new fiber build-out that will bring gigabit Internet to its service area for all coop members. Neighboring communities, or homes surrounded by its electrical network, may also receive fiber service from OzarksGo. GoOzarks plans to begin offering service within the next 12 months.

The fiber-based service will offer gigabit broadband, telephone and television services. All broadband services will be symmetrical, meaning the upload speeds will be equal to the download speeds. Small and medium businesses will also be offered services, including gigabit services as well as private dedicated circuits between facilities. Large businesses will be offered dedicated Internet access and dark fiber services.

Fueling Economic Development

The Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma region has been plagued with either a lack of true broadband availability or a lack of reliable and affordable service. This project will bring real broadband to some area residents and businesses for the first time. Like other areas of the country have shown, the coop believes that having access to limitless, fast and affordable service will attract new and high tech businesses. OzarksGo will be adding new positions. During the first year we expect to add around 10 positions and many more over the next six years.

The fiber network supports the coops purpose of “powering communities and empowering members.” Broadband is the electricity of the 1930s and 1940s. In 1930, fewer than 10 percent of farms had access to electricity. In 2016, 53 percent of Americans lack access to broadband (as defined by FCC - 25 Mbps download speed and 3 Mbps upload speed). Much like we did with electricity in 1938, we’re going to provide real, affordable broadband to Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma.

Smart Grid
By connecting substations and offices with fiber-optic cable, the cooperative will create a truly “smart” grid that will provide more down line automation capabilities, ultimately increasing the reliability of the electric service to members.

The investment in the region will be about $25 to $35 million per phase.


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