In late 2018, CAEC’s Board of Trustees approved Phase I of a plan to construct a fiber network for broadband. Over the last several months, the co-op has finalized the study that determines which homes fall into the initial Phase I area. We’re also proud to introduce this subsidiary of CAEC as Central Access!
You can now visit www.caecaccess.coop and verify whether or not your address will be a part of this first phase.
As a reminder, our first goal for this project is to construct a 365-mile fiber optic ring, connecting our 24 electric substations and six offices, so this first phase will follow that path, connecting homes in those areas. Please know that our secondary goal is to be able to provide high speed internet to everyone in our territory who wants the service, which will take time to accomplish.
Construction will begin on the core to serve our facilities this summer. As part of this process, we will begin building out to those members who are in the Phase I area and who have already indicated an interest in service by paying the $25 commitment fee. This step will expedite the process of connecting homes to high-speed broadband once the service is active, and you can still currently sign up at this price by visiting www.caecaccess.coop.
Additionally, whether your home falls in the Phase I area or not, please continue to encourage your friends and neighbors to indicate their desire for service by committing at www.caecaccess.coop. This will be a multi-year project, but taking this first step right now gets us closer to providing broadband to those members who no one has been willing to serve.