Gov. Kemp Applauds Ocmulgee EMC and Conexon Connect Partnership Announcement to Expand Broadband in Central Georgia
Staff Report- Middle Georgia CEO
Wednesday, June 29th, 2022
Ocmulgee EMC announced plans today to transform life for its members by partnering with Conexon Connect to provide access to reliable, affordable, high-speed fiber broadband service.
"When I ran for Governor in 2018, I promised to bring opportunity to all Georgians, no matter their zip code," said Governor Brian Kemp. "We've seen vast expansions of broadband internet access across rural Georgia, connecting our citizens to a wide network of resources and opening doors. I commend Ocmulgee EMC and Conexon for this exciting public-private partnership and their commitment to creating value for their communities."
Conexon Connect is an internet service provider created and managed by rural fiber-optic network design and construction management leader Conexon. Ocmulgee EMC is teaming up with Conexon Connect to launch and deploy a network that could span up to 2,100 miles of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), providing high-speed internet access to up to 8,000 members in Laurens, Dodge, Bleckley, Pulaski and Telfair counties in central Georgia. Made possible by a $19 million grant funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, the ultimate goal of the project will be to provide all of Ocmulgee EMC’s membership with fiber internet, dependent on funding availability. Breaking ground in September of 2022, the first customers are expected to be connected in early 2023 with project completion estimated at 2-4 years.