Broadband is a key part of modern co-op operations. It can improve grid reliability and efficiency and help pinpoint outages and speed the restoration of service.
Millions of rural Americans are locked out of the modern economy simply because of their zip code. According to the FCC, an estimated 6.3 million households in electric co-op service areas lack high-speed internet access. These rural families and businesses are fighting an uphill battle in the digital economy. New research shows that a lack of rural broadband to those unserved co-op households leads to $68 billion in lost economic value over 20 years.