Welcome to our Home Page for OEConnect! We are excited to announce the formation of our new broadband business which will operate a 1 gigabit state-of-the-art fiber to the home internet network in Otsego County and parts of Herkimer, Madison and Chenango counties! We have obtained $14 million from the New New York Broadband program to help build the fiber network on the full 760 miles of Otsego Electric Cooperative’s electric system.
The home base of operations will be at Otsego Electric Cooperative’s offices at 3192 County Hwy. 11, Hartwick, NY 13348. There will also be communications hubs with electronics at our seven substations. Our connections to the internet will be at our headquarters and the signals will come into and run back in two directions to increase our network redundancy and reliability. There will also be several rings within our network. Internet service will be offered at up to 1 gigabit-per-second with no data caps! We will offer service to any home, business, nonprofit, school district, or municipality that we pass on our system initially and future plans will allow for expansion outside of our electric system to nonmembers as well. Voice over Internet Protocol or VOIP phone service will be offered at all connection points also.
OEConnect has partnered with Conexon to provide us with consulting, project management, network design, and construction management. Conexon works exclusively with electric cooperatives across the country that are investigating or building fiber optic networks on their electric systems. The terms of the New York State grants require us to build the network in the grant-designated areas by December 1, 2018 so we will concentrate construction there first. A crew has begun the fiber stringing construction process in the Laurens area and more crews will soon be onsite. The construction vehicles should all have “OEConnect” and “Otsego Electric Cooperative” signs on the driver-side doors. As construction progresses, we will begin to build out to non-grant areas inside and outside of our OEC system poles and wires footprint. Please call us at 607-293.6622 if you have any questions about the construction, or whether you are in our service area, or about anything else.
OEConnect has begun accepting names to be put on our waiting list for Internet Service, VOIP, and Managed Wifi. Applications for service will be available soon so please call now to get on the list. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter at our Otsego Electric Cooperative page or Twitter address to get our most recent updates. We look forward to offering you the best gigabit internet service available anywhere, right here in our communities in the very near future!
This deployment of broadband service is supported by a grant awarded to Otsego Electric Cooperative by New York State through the New NY Broadband Program.