Providing high-speed, reliable internet access in underserved co-op communities has never been so critical. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique challenge to electric co-ops to have a plan in sharper focus, and that includes community connectivity and digitization of the utility. Co-ops are taking a lead in meeting this need with new projects to install broadband to benefit their member-consumers. Coop Leaders from Tri-County REC (Pa.), together with their technology partner Vantage Point, will share a powerful case study about bringing broadband and enrichment to the local community.
This webinar, moderated by Paul Breakman of NRECA, discussed some of the business, financial, and technology challenges surrounding broadband deployment to member premises. Tri-County also shared how they leveraged its investment to serve the local community through its unique “Seniors-2-Seniors” program, which is equipping retirees with the tools to take advantage of the coop’s new fiber-to-the-home offering.