Fiber access provider Adtran is partnering with FiberRise and KGPCo to help electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and public power companies to build fiber broadband networks. The companies say that customers who sign up for their program are guaranteed to receive the support to fund, build and operate new fiber broadband systems in under 10 months.
FiberRise pioneered Utility Grade Broadband support, including business model development, feasibility studies, design, construction, installation and network operations.
KGPCo is a U.S. communications product distribution provider.
The companies say they will deliver the expertise, labor, products, automation software, support and supply chain capabilities in one turnkey program.
Closing the digital divide
It is a pivotal time for fiber broadband, especially with the recent passage of the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes $65 billion for broadband deployments.
FierceTelecom, coincidentally, is hosting its free, virtual Digital Divide Summit this week.
Adtran, FiberRise and KGPCo say that electric utilities can play an essential role in connecting their communities. In addition to providing products and technical support, the partners will help guide customers on how to navigate new federal funding opportunities.
Adtran and FiberRise have already worked together to help Prentiss County Electric Power Association (PCEPA) in Mississippi to build its broadband network in under a year.
“We were able to build a Gigabit broadband network across all of Prentiss County Electric’s service area and in parts of four adjoining counties,” said Ronny Rowland, general manager of PCEPA, in a statement. “We on-boarded over 5,000 subscribers in one year, and fiber broadband is now available to every home and business PCEPA serves.”
“The electric utility has become a major key to solving a societal issue that has lingered for decades: the digital divide. This partnership is mission-driven to resolve this issue,” said Craig Stein, VP of sales at Adtran, in a statement.