Tombigbee Electric to offer fibre-to-the-home network services

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Tombigbee Electric Power Association has selected Conexon to design and manage the development of a fiber-to-the-home network.

The utility is amongst the first cooperatives in Mississippi to deploy a high-speed communications network for its members.

The network will cover 43,980 customers as well as enable the utility to upgrade electrical infrastructure with smart grid capabilities.

The $95 million project is expected to be completed in phases within a period of four years.

The project follows the recent passing of legislation by the state which allows utilities to expand their offerings by providing broadband services.

Bill Long, general manager of Tombigbee Electric, said: “Our co-op has long maintained a commitment to providing a vital service to the communities and members we serve, affordably and accessibly.

“Broadband capabilities have the power to improve lives and lifestyles, spur business growth and revitalise communities, among other benefits,” added Conexon Partner Randy Klindt. “Tombigbee is passionate about its role in bettering the lives of its members through technology, and we’re proud to work with them on this project.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.