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Phase One construction is underway for Miner. Fiber-to-the-home test installs set for late December. 


GoSEMO Fiber is powered by SEMO Electric Cooperative, the people you already know and trust.  And no matter where you live, you deserve fiber internet access. It's why SEMO Electric Cooperative is moving forward with GoSEMO Fiber! Our goal is to bring you a fiber optic network that delivers more.  We are determined to improve internet access and, as a result, your quality of life.

If we don't do it, who will? That's why we appreciate your patience during the next 60 months. The project is a big job, plus $40 million. Please see our videos and review the news blog for updates. Our fiber technology is fast, reliable and convenient. And because we're of, by and for Missouri's electric cooperatives, we hold ourselves to a higher service standard. 

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SEMO Electric Cooperative is your member-owned and locally controlled rural electric cooperative. We are proud to energize and serve thousands of homes, farms and businesses in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, New Madrid, Scott and Stoddard counties. As your not-for-profit electric co-op, we put you – our members – first. Our programs and services, including GoSEMO Fiber, are designed to benefit you. Please contact us for more information at 800-813-5230 or stop by our offices during regular business hours. 

Zones for Testing & Training

In order to minimize risk, SEMO Electric’s Board of Directors chose to move forward in a phased-in zone approach to protect co-op ratepayers and the financial integrity of the electric cooperative Phase one construction has started in Miner. We expect to start connecting homes in January and/or February. We encourage all members to preregister at any time. By preregistering you are expressing interest in service. When construction begins in your area, we will contact you to complete an order for service. There is no payment collected during preregistration. This process just allows you to complete a simple form to let us know what services you are interested in. By preregistering now, all connection and installation fees, including all wiring, will be waived with no contract. When the time arrives to install fiber at your home, you will simply sign a service agreement and make a $50 payment that will be applied to your first month’s bill.



Zones In Preregistration

By preregistering now, all connection and installation fees, including all wiring, will be waived with no contract. When the time arrives to install fiber at your home, you will simply sign a service agreement and make a $50 payment that will be applied to your first month’s bill.


About GoSEMO Fiber


Get a bigger bang for your broadband buck. GoSEMO is committed to bringing you the best internet access available at prices you can afford. And with no contracts or hidden costs, home Wi-Fi access, unlimited data, and waived installation fees, we hope that’s an offer to make you smile. With GoSEMO, you can: Stream music and HD video Upload, download and transfer data at lightning fast speeds connect to other smart devices, allowing you to use your home more intelligently and efficiently.


Fiber Internet

Work, Play, School, Entertainment, Security, Opportunity – fiber internet offers solutions for your life. Services start at just $50/month with speeds up to 1 Gbps Download/Upload (1000 Mbps) and unlimited data.



Telephone

Enjoy crystal-clear calls over your fiber network with unlimited calling to the entire United States and beyond! International calling plans and other features available.




Television

Turn your TV into a personal home entertainment center.  Innovative cable and digital programming offer more channels and crystal-clear pictures — the very best in home entertainment value.





About this Campaign

Phase One construction is underway for Miner. Fiber-to-the-home test installs set for late December. 


GoSEMO Fiber is powered by SEMO Electric Cooperative, the people you already know and trust.  And no matter where you live, you deserve fiber internet access. It's why SEMO Electric Cooperative is moving forward with GoSEMO Fiber! Our goal is to bring you a fiber optic network that delivers more.  We are determined to improve internet access and, as a result, your quality of life.

If we don't do it, who will? That's why we appreciate your patience during the next 60 months. The project is a big job, plus $40 million. Please see our videos and review the news blog for updates. Our fiber technology is fast, reliable and convenient. And because we're of, by and for Missouri's electric cooperatives, we hold ourselves to a higher service standard. 

Second try

Please see our frequently asked questions. 

SEMO Electric Cooperative is your member-owned and locally controlled rural electric cooperative. We are proud to energize and serve thousands of homes, farms and businesses in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, New Madrid, Scott and Stoddard counties. As your not-for-profit electric co-op, we put you – our members – first. Our programs and services, including GoSEMO Fiber, are designed to benefit you. Please contact us for more information at 800-813-5230 or stop by our offices during regular business hours. 

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Charles Industries displays fiber pedestals

6:21pm December 11, 2017

Dennis and Tom with Charles Industries visited SEMO Electric Cooperative to share best practices and train Team SEMO on the use of above-grade pedestals for GoSEMO Fiber's underground fiber installations.  

Charles Fiber Distribution Point™ (CFDP) and Buried Distribution Optical (BDO) pedestals provide environmental protection for above-grade fiber splice points and are a critical part of many broadband construction projects. 

Founded in 1968, Charles is a privately-held, diversified manufacturing and technology company with corporate headquarters in the Schaumburg Towers of Schaumburg, Illinois (western suburb of Chicago) and five U.S. based manufacturing centers, including Canton, Mo. 


Sho-Me's CTO Keeling visits SEMO

11:35am December 8, 2017

Sho-Me Technologies' Mark Keeling, chief technology officer, presented an overview of Sho-Me’s fiber capabilities to SEMO Electric Cooperative's Board of Directors. SEMO Electric selected Sho-Me Technologies, LLC, to provide its fiber interconnection to major “Telco Hotels” in Missouri cities like St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield. These interconnections create a pathway to anywhere in the world for internet connectivity. Sho-Me Technologies was selected after several rounds of interviews with various providers.

We have already made the fiber connection between Sho-Me's fiber hut in Sikeston and SEMO Electric's fiber hut in Sikeston. The buildings are less than 20 feet apart.

Team SEMO visited Sho-Me’s headquarters and network operations center at Marshfield, Mo., to affirm the technology co-op’s focus on reliability. Sho-Me Technologies is a subsidiary of Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative in Marshfield, MO.  Sho-Me Technologies operates an advanced optical network in Missouri. What began as an upgrade to the extensive internal communications network has now grown to encompass over 4,200 miles of fiber optic connectivity. With over 120 Points of Presence, including one at SEMO Electric’s office in Sikeston, Sho-Me Technologies boasts the highest coverage of optical bandwidth in the area.



SEMO Electric visits Barry Electric

9:44am December 4, 2017

Team SEMO made a visit to Barry Electric Cooperative, which is offering fiber services through goBEC in Cassville, Mo., to experience its process for signing up new subscribers for fiber broadband services. We continue to learn and share from other cooperatives as we work on finalizing the process to offer fiber services for phase one in Miner. We are just as focused on GoSEMO Fiber as we are on SEMO Electric to safely, competitively and reliably provide fiber broadband services to subscribers. We are excited to enhance the quality of life in southeast Missouri.


CrowdFiber conducts training session at SEMO Electric

4:12pm December 1, 2017

Bailey White with CrowdFiber conducted a training session with Team SEMO regarding member-subscriber relationship management. CrowdFiber's software platform features integrated applications for Team SEMO to engage and educate members. Plus, the cloud-based system allows subscribers to preregister and complete the fiber sign up process at gosemofiber.com



1,100 Supporters!

6:08pm November 28, 2017

We reached 1,100 registered supporters today. Plus, we scheduled the first test fiber-to--the-home installation for the week of December 18 in Miner, Mo. This will give us an opportunity to refine the home installation process and test the fiber network. The GoSEMO Fiber rocket is starting to fly. 


NOC in The Hut gets power, fiber and equipment

5:36pm November 27, 2017

There are many, many steps in the process to bring Gigabit Fiber Internet service to SEMO Electric Cooperative’s member-owners. Like a kid on Christmas, we get excited about the little things. For example, fiber optic cable, electrical wiring and equipment racks were installed at SEMO Electric's network operations center (NOC) inside The Hut today at Sikeston. 

This is a big step in connecting to the national fiber network and in building SEMO Electric’s fiber ring, which will connect SEMO Electric's substations into a high-speed fiber backbone. Think of the substation ring as a redundant, ring-shaped backbone network, through which we can route broadband traffic. The ring is essential for reliability for the fiber-to-the-home project.  There is still a lot of work to finish, but we are moving forward. 


Office update will provide space for GoSEMO Fiber

6:22pm November 22, 2017

As part of SEMO Electric’s GoSEMO Fiber project, we are making changes to the member services’ area in our Sikeston office. On the eve of Thanksgiving, we made some final decisions to provide adequate office space to conduct electric and fiber transactions with members and subscribers. Plus, we will have a demonstration zone for you to experience Gig Internet and HD TV.  Please excuse the mess at the office as we work on GoSEMO Fiber and continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity in southeast Missouri. Have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend. 

Team SEMO energizes Dogwood Fiber Hut

9:14am November 16, 2017

Team SEMO has been working on the fiber ring, which will connect SEMO Electric's substations into a high-speed backbone. Think of our substation ring as a redundant, ring-shaped backbone network, through which we can route broadband traffic in either direction if there is an outage on the line. The substations are then our jumping off points to build laterals and service drops to connect homes, farms and businesses.  The process is similar to our electric delivery system. So getting the substations connected with fiber is the first order of business. Our fiber huts in Sikeston, Miner and Dogwood have been delivered and we are starting to install the electronic equipment. We have 14 more fiber huts that need to be delivered and prepared to complete the fiber ring.


GoSEMO Fiber registered supporters surpass 1,000

7:10pm November 13, 2017

Today, we surpassed 1,000 registered supporters.  We reached this milestone with virtually no paid advertising. Just word-of-mouth. Thank you for your support as we work through the process of design, make-ready, construction and service drops to bring broadband to rural southeast Missouri. 


"Fiber Ring" for GoSEMO Fiber project gains steam

1:07pm November 10, 2017

Team SEMO and SEMO Electric Cooperative’s fiber contractors Conexon and Ervin Cable Construction (ECC) continue to work on Phase One design, make-ready and construction in the Miner area.

Team SEMO has been working on the fiber ring, which will connect SEMO Electric's substations into a high-speed backbone. Think of our substation ring as a redundant, ring-shaped backbone network, through which we can route broadband traffic in either direction if there is an outage on the line. The substations are then our jumping off points to build laterals and service drops to connect homes, farms and businesses.  The process is similar to our electric delivery system. So getting the substations connected with fiber is the first order of business. Our fiber huts in Sikeston, Miner and Dogwood have been delivered and we are starting to install the electronic equipment. We have 14 more fiber huts that need to be delivered and prepared to complete the fiber ring.

To date, EEC crews have 30 miles of strand and nearly five miles of fiber in the air for the Miner area backbone. Once we get the backbone, we will start to work on service drops to homes, farms and businesses in January.

Like you, we are excited about the project. We are being prudent as we move forward to ensure a quality network build so that our infrastructure can reliably deliver Internet, TV and voice services to you. Thank you for your excitement and patience.


Racks arrive for Network Operations Center

6:47pm October 27, 2017

Another step in the process to bring broadband to southeast Missouri…

Racks to hold electronic equipment to operate SEMO Electric Cooperative's network operations center (NOC) – The NOC inside The Hut – for electricity and fiber are starting to arrive. Engineers will begin full assembly soon. We put the The Hut’s back-up generator in-service this week.  The fiber building for Miner’s substation will be delivered next week so we can start work on the fiber ring.  

Team SEMO meets with Scott County Commission

6:36am October 24, 2017

Members of Team SEMO shared SEMO Electric Cooperative’s broadband plans with the Scott County Commission in Benton, Mo. SEMO Electric’s phase one construction is underway near Miner, which is in Scott and Mississippi counties.

The County Commission is responsible for the administration of the county's government which includes: setting the annual budget and payment of expenditures, all county property, conducting the county's business in cooperation with the various county officeholders and departments.

Thanks Tammy! 700 Supporters Register for GoSEMO Fiber

1:26pm October 22, 2017

Tammy R. was our 700th  supporter to register her interest in GoSEMO Fiber. Momentum is growing for broadband in rural southeast Missouri. Your patience is appreciated as this is a big project with many steps. Please see previous updates.

While it may be a few months or 60 months before GoSEMO Fiber reaches your home or business, be cautious not to sign or verbally agree to a long-term contract with other service providers who may not offer speed of light service with simple pricing with no gimmicks or tricks. As a cooperative, our business model is simply different – simply better.

100,000 feet installed in Phase One construction

1:02am October 22, 2017

We have installed nearly 100,000 feet of strand, which the fiber will be attached, to power poles in and around Miner, Mo. We have poured concrete pads for fiber buildings at two substations. On Monday, the backup generator for the network operations center – The Hut – will be put in-service at Sikeston.  We expect to announce the full lineup of services in the coming weeks and anticipate connecting some Miner-area homes in late January.

United Fiber visits GoSEMO, shares broadband success story

7:03pm October 17, 2017

During a six hour productive board meeting on Monday, we made some key strategic decisions for our gosemofiber.com project. We will soon announce construction phases and pricing details. Plus,  United Fiber's David shared Missouri's United Electric Cooperative, Inc.'s fiber success story. We are learning from our co-op peers as we work to bring broadband to southeast Missouri.

SEMO Electric Visits OzarksGo

2:13pm October 12, 2017

A few members from Team SEMO made a visit to Ozarks Electric Cooperative, which is offering fiber services through OzarksGo, LLC, in Fayetteville, Ark., to learn best practices for scheduling and installing fiber inside a home or business for internet, HDTV and phone services.  As we continue our phase one construction in Miner, we are focused on becoming the industry-leader for broadband services in southeast Missouri.

Rural internet topic of FCC chair’s visit

3:57pm October 6, 2017

Source: West Plains Daily Quill

Wednesday morning, patrons of Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District filed into the West Plains Civic Center theater, many from outside of Howell County, to listen to a discussion on rural broadband internet access with Federal Communications Commissions Chair Ajit Pai.

The gathering, promoted by Eighth District Rep. Jason Smith as a roundtable discussion, was well-attended. About 200 seats in the theater were filled with constituents and representatives of local governments and industries. Some dressed professionally, while others still wore their farm clothes, having rushed to the civic center from their rural homes.

A panel of speakers representing different local sectors impacted by the rural broadband issue shared concerns, observations and solutions they’ve managed to improvise to work with or around limited rural access.

Loyd Rice of SEMO Electric Cooperative in Sikeston spoke of his co-op’s GoSEMO fiber initiative it is preparing to launch. GoSEMO was formed to build a fiber-optic network with a two-fold purpose. First, it would improve the co-op’s own automation capabilities and reliable electric service, and second it would further the co-op’s goal of powering communities and empowering members.

 

GoSEMO selects Sho-Me Technologies for Interconnection to the World

11:18am October 6, 2017

SEMO Electric Cooperative has selected Sho-Me Technologies, LLC to provide its fiber interconnection to major “Telco Hotels” in Missouri cities like St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield.  These interconnections create a pathway to anywhere in the world for connectivity. The agreement with Sho-Me is another step in SEMO Electric's journey to provide triple play services to its members.

Sho-Me Technologies was selected after several rounds of interviews with various providers. In addition, Team SEMO visited Sho-Me’s headquarters and network operations center at Marshfield, Mo., to affirm the technology company’s focus on redundancy and reliability.

Sho-Me Technologies is a subsidiary of Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative in Marshfield, MO.  Sho-Me Technologies operates an advanced optical network in Missouri. What began as an upgrade to the extensive internal communications network has now grown to encompass over 4,200 miles of fiber optic connectivity. With over 120 Points of Presence, including one at SEMO Electric’s office in Sikeston, Sho-Me Technologies boasts the highest coverage of optical bandwidth in the area.

 

Pad poured, five miles of strand pulled in Miner

8:18am September 28, 2017

For our member-owners in the Miner area, progress continues on our first phase to provide laser-fast internet within the next four months. More than five miles of 23 total miles of strand has been pulled. Once we pull the strand, crews will come back and attach the fiber. Plus,  the concrete pad for Miner’s fiber hut, which allows connectivity to SEMO’s other substations, to our Sikeston HQ and to our regional and national broadband partners, was poured today.

KFVS (CBS): Fiber project to bring high-speed internet to parts of southeast MO

7:41pm September 26, 2017

KFVS - Around 11,000 SEMO Electric Co-op customers will get high-speed internet. The company began a five-phase project and said they'll offer the fastest internet in the area.

SEMO Electric said this comes 80 years after the company first ran electricity to these same communities.

"Well, I think our board of directors looked at it just like the early providers of rural electricity did," said Rick Faulkner, president of SEMO Electric Co-op. "Nobody else would do it and we think we can and that's what we wanted to do, the board decided that was the decision we needed to make."

This is phase one of the project. It affects customers in Miner, Advance and Bloomfield.


CellSite Solutions delivers The Hut

3:47pm September 23, 2017

As part of SEMO Electric Cooperative’s new network operations center (NOC), a 53,000 pound hut was delivered and placed on its pad. The Hut will house the co-op's electronics for electricity and fiber operations. The cost for the prep work, pad and The Hut, from CellSite Solutions, is around $35,000. 

Team SEMO is working with CellSite Solutions to procure about 18 of these buildings. SEMO Electric needs one building at each of its substations to connect the fiber network.

The Hut is another step in SEMO Electric Cooperative's journey to provide triple play services to its members.

GoSEMO partners with Momentum Telecom

5:25pm September 8, 2017

After several meetings and a visit to Momentum Telecom’s call center in Cartersville, Georgia, GoSEMO has partnered with Momentum Telecom to provide white label voice and phone services to GoSEMO subscribers. Additionally, Momentum Telecom will help provide 24/7 call center services to assist subscribers with internet connectivity issues.

Momentum Telecom, a leading hosted VoIP, broadband services and unified communications provider, offers smart, customizable cloud solutions to direct subscribers and more than 500 partners nationwide. Momentum Telecom delivers superior quality products backed by a geo-redundant network with industry-leading uptime and best-in-business customer service.  Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, Momentum Telecom has additional offices in Kennesaw, GA, Lexington, KY, Atlanta, GA, Cartersville, GA, Philadelphia, PA, Vancouver, Canada and Belarus. Learn more at https://momentumtelecom.com/

The partnership is another step in SEMO Electric Cooperative's journey to provide triple play services to its members. 

SEMO Electric leveraging CrowdFiber for fiber analysis

4:40pm September 5, 2017

We made a quick visit to CrowdFiber to learn about their software to help SEMO Electric Cooperative utilize real-time, multi-dimensional analysis tools to plan and respond to the fiber market and run what-if scenarios to help deploy the cooperative’s capital most effectively. The process has some similarities to the electric business. In addition, CrowdFiber will eventually help reach new subscribers through social media, zone-based email and neighbor-to-neighbor direct mail.  

To date, nearly 600 supporters have registered at gosemofiber.com. The first build-out for SEMO Electric’s fiber network begins September 11 for member-owners served by the Miner substation. Once the fiber is pulled or plowed, it will take about four to five months before homes, farms and businesses will be wired and connected for ultra-fast internet.

Randy Laird & Sons Concrete pours pad for fiber communication shelter

6:32pm August 30, 2017

Randy Laird & Sons Concrete Contractors poured the pad for SEMO Electric Cooperative’s main fiber communication shelter for its broadband project. This is just one step of hundreds of steps the co-op is taking to bring broadband services to southeast Missouri. The concrete shelter will safeguard sensitive fiber equipment from the surrounding environment and is designed to be resistant against all types of weather, from high heat to harsh rain, and they are built to last for years to come, even with little maintenance and upkeep. Ultimately, the co-op will purchase and utilize 18 communication shelters for fiber connectivity between offices and substations.

SEMO Electric selects Ervin Cable Construction for fiber build-out

5:04pm August 22, 2017

Through a competitive bidding process, SEMO Electric Cooperative selected Ervin Cable Construction (ECC), LLC, to build its area-wide, multi-million dollar fiber-optic network to connect substations and provide broadband services such as ultra-fast internet to homes, farms and businesses in southeast Missouri.

ECC, with corporate offices in Sturgis, Kentucky, began business in 1980 as a small construction company. Based on steady growth and continued reinvestment in its company, ECC has grown to build/upgrade over 15,000 miles of plant over the past few years projects.

SEMO Electric and ECC met on August 18 for a pre-construction meeting to outline details. Construction to install fiber-optic cable will begin on September 11 in the Miner area. ECC’s trucks will display signage to indicate that ECC is working on behalf of SEMO Electric.

Construction will begin by building the network, followed by bringing fiber to actual homes, farms and businesses. Once we have the fiber to the home, farm or business, we will schedule an install to actually install the service inside the home or business. Installation will include all wiring and a powerful Wi-Fi router. From the first step until service is installed, you can expect the process to take four to five months.

Here is a simple outline of the process to provide you with ultra-fast internet service:

  1. Design and engineer the fiber network route
  2. Complete make-ready work to prepare existing power poles for fiber construction
  3. Pull fiber overhead and underground from the substation to selected areas
  4. Splice and test the fiber network
  5. You sign up to receive ultra-fast internet
  6. Install fiber service to the outside of your home, farm or and business
  7. Install fiber service inside your home, farm and business for ultra-fast internet
  8. You enjoy the GoSEMO Fiber experience
  9. You encourage neighbors and others to sign up

SEMO asks legislators to support funding for rural broadband

4:59pm August 22, 2017

SEMO Electric Cooperative's CEO Sean Vanslyke attended legislative day at the Missouri State Fair to participate in a broadband round table with Senator Claire McCaskill. He also attended a Missouri Farm Bureau broadband news conference with Senator Roy Blunt, Governor Eric Greitens and MO Electric Co-opsBarry Hart. SEMO Electric is speaking to lawmakers about its broadband initiative, which, when finished, will provide fiber internet to its service territory

500 supporters with high-speed dream

11:58am August 16, 2017

500 Supporters Registered!

Wikipedia says a dream is a succession of images, ideas, emotions and sensations. We had a high-speed dream and it is becoming a reality.

And momentum is growing.

  • More than 500 people have registered at gosemofiber to support the co-op’s mission of providing broadband services such as high-speed internet.
  • Make-ready work (which means to prepare the electric poles for the addition of fiber) is well underway for members served by the Miner substation.
  • Fiber design work for Miner is nearly complete.  Once we complete the design, it will take about three months to install the fiber. We expect fiber construction to begin in September.

The dream of high-speed internet for SEMO Electric Cooperative’s member-owners is quickly becoming a reality as we take small steps.   

 

"The internet is not a luxury. "

6:47pm August 7, 2017

For consumers in rural Missouri, this news isn't a surpise, but it is a good lesson on why SEMO Electric Cooperative is moving foward with GoSEMO Fiber.  

"The internet is not a luxury.  

Last year a federal court defined it as a basic utility like running water or electricity, but in rural areas across America, high-speed internet often ends at the county line.

Just 3 percent of people in urban areas lack access to broadband, but in rural areas, 35 percent of people have no access.

That's about 22 million Americans." 

View the CBS News report to learn more about fiber-to-the-home.  https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/why-does-much-of-rural-america-still-lack-access-to-high-speed-internet/

Senator Blunt Marks Rural Broadband Month

5:33pm August 3, 2017

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to recognize August as “Rural Broadband Month” and highlight the importance of expanding high-speed internet to rural Missouri. We appreciate Senator Blunt's support of SEMO Electric Cooperative's GoSEMO Fiber project.  Team SEMO has have several conversations regarding rural broadband with Senator Blunt and his staff in Missouri and Washington, D.C.  Please let Senator Blunt know you appreciate his support of broadband for rural Missouri. 

 

SEMO Electric/GoSEMO participates in Missouri Farm Bureau's Rural Broadband Working Group

4:16pm July 21, 2017

Team SEMO’s Sean Vanslyke was invited to participate in Missouri Farm Bureau's Rural Broadband Working Group meeting in Jefferson City, Mo. Governor Eric Greitens and Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn both spoke at the event and encouraged the group to seek ways for broadband services to be provided to more Missouri families, farms and businesses. Vanslyke was able to meet privately with Greitens and Chinn to share SEMO Electric’s GoSEMO Fiber plan. Learn about the Missouri Department of Agriculture's MORE initiative, which aims to connect every last mile of Missouri to high-speed internet: Agriculture.Mo.Gov/more

Fiber "make-ready" Work Begins Near Miner, Mo.

3:39am July 8, 2017

As we gear up for Phase 1 fiber construction, the first step is to prepare the electric system for the fiber deployment. This effort is commonly referred to as "make -ready" work. It entails replacing poles that may be too short, adding new guy wires and making lots of other adjustments so that SEMO Electric Cooperative's fiber-optic cable can be attached in a safe and efficient manner near the power lines. We are excited to announce that the first make-ready work was completed this week northeast of Miner, Mo. 

 

What's a Triple Play?

4:09pm June 29, 2017

In the baseball world, a triple play (denoted as TP in baseball statistics) is the rare act of making three outs during the same continuous play. Triple plays happen infrequently – there have been 711 triple plays in Major League Baseball from 1876 through June 1, 2017.
In the technology world, a triple play is a bundle of three services for your home or business. Typically, the three services include high speed internet, high definition television and digital phone.

As we develop our Triple Play services for SEMO Electric Cooperative’s member-owners, we appreciate our cooperative family for sharing best practices. Team SEMO will leverage the knowledge of other rural electric cooperatives that have fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) experience so we protect co-op ratepayers and the financial integrity of the electric cooperative.

Here are two examples of Missouri co-ops making a difference in their communities:

Ralls County Electric Cooperative’s (RCEC), based in New London, Mo., CEO Lynn Hodges presented FTTH to SEMO Electric Cooperative’s board of directors in early 2017. In April, a group from SEMO Electric visited RECE. In 2003, RECE formed Ralls Technologies. Today, Ralls Technologies provides triple play services in rural northeast Missouri over fiber optic cable.

Callaway Electric Cooperative (CEC), based in Fulton, Mo., invited us for a visit in February. CEC formed Callabyte Technology to provide triple play services to homes and businesses in rural central Missouri. The company kicked off with a FTTH pilot project in the fall of 2015. The pilot was a success and they continue to expand.

Team SEMO Updated on Development of Fiber Business

12:08pm June 23, 2017

This week we held an all-employee (Team SEMO) meeting to provide GoSEMO updates. We discussed customer care, construction, technology infrastructure, finance, billing and the development of partnerships.  Since the board approved the first phase on March 22, we have spent numerous hours learning from others and organizing the business.

We have started to engage with various vendors and equipment suppliers. In some cases, there is a four-month lead time on equipment. Besides working on our first construction phase, we are developing flow charts and process maps for customer and member care. 

SEMO Electric Selects Conexon for Design and Construction Oversight; Releases Construction RFP

12:29pm June 21, 2017

SEMO Electric Cooperative has contracted Conexon to design and manage the construction of a fiber to the home (FTTH) network for smart grid and the delivery of broadband to SEMO Electric’s members and other subscribers. Therefore, a Request for Proposal (RFP) has been developed to solicit proposals and pricing from various fiber construction companies to build the segments for Phase 1 of the project.  Contractors performing well on Phase 1 will have the opportunity to extend the construction contract into future phases at SEMO Electric’s discretion.

Contractors are invited to submit a proposal for the SEMO Electric’s Fiber Construction project in accordance with the requirements set forth in the RFP. If a contractor wishes to bid, a letter of intent must be submitted to Conexon in writing, fax, or e-mail no later than July 1, 2017.  The letter of intent is not binding but will greatly assist SEMO Electric in planning for proposal evaluation.  SEMO Electric will not accept proposals if the letter of intent is not filed within the specified time period.

The original and/or electronic proposal must be received not later than 5 p.m., July 6, 2017, or the proposal will otherwise be disqualified.  We anticipate that the provider whose proposal is the best solution for this project will be selected by July 11, 2017. We will notify all providers, whether they are disqualified or unsuccessful. Upon notification, the contract negotiation with the winning bidder(s) will begin immediately.  Contract negotiations are scheduled to be completed by July 25, 2017 and construction scheduled to start by August 4, 2017.

For all questions or to request a RFP, please email Conexon at randy@conexon.us

SEMO Electric Visits Co-Mo Electric's Co-Mo Connect

4:52pm June 16, 2017

We made a visit to Co-Mo Electric Cooperative’s Co-Mo Connect facilities in Tipton, Mo., to learn best practices for providing internet, HD TV and phone services. Co-Mo Electric was one of the first electric cooperatives in the nation to offer broadband services to its members. As we work towards our construction phase, we are gaining knowledge from our cooperative family so we can deliver fast and reliable service to you.

 

Hey, Hey! Thanks to the first 200!

11:54am June 9, 2017

Confucius said “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” We are taking the necessary little steps to bring broadband to southeast Missouri. SEMO Electric Cooperative’s team continues work on fiber design specifications, accounting and billing processes, and a construction RFP to ultimately install more than 2,600 miles of fiber. There are many steps in our journey, but we moving forward.

Hey, Hey! We passed a small milestone this week as word of mouth has pushed more than 200 people to show their interest in our mission at gosemofiber.com. Let’s keep it going. Help us spread the word and let people know we need their support.

 

What is the fiber difference?

3:31pm June 2, 2017

Fiber-to-the-home means that a fiber optic cable, which carries internet, TV and telephone services, runs directly into your home. How is this different from what you may have now? It's pretty simple. Most likely, your current provider uses fiber optic cable, but only reaching a pedestal or hub in your neighborhood. Maybe even farther away.

 

Then, a copper wire carries service to a box on the outside of your home, and then to ports/jacks inside, where you connect your devices. This is where significant internet speed and reliability is lost. Fiber optic cables are made of glass and contain many strands, which makes the capacity almost limitless. Copper cables have been around more than 100 years and aren’t built for today’s needs. They are also susceptible to signal deterioration due to age and environmental conditions.

In a FTTH network, the fiber optic cable runs into your home and directly to a device called an optical network terminal (ONT). The ONT then provides service directly to your devices via wired or wireless connection. There is no changing of wires or cables during this process. So, in essence, you're getting game-changing internet speeds, full HD television and crystal clear phone reception, through a single cable, directly into your home and to your devices.

 

Fiber Construction Make-ready Design Efforts Underway

4:36pm May 25, 2017

We can’t wait to bring fast, reliable Internet and other premium services to southeast Missouri. We also know that you probably have a lot of questions about GoSEMO Fiber. Please see these FAQs, which can hopefully give you a better understanding of what this offering all about.

On Monday, SEMO Electric Cooperative’s board received a GoSEMO Fiber update and approved operating agreements between SEMO Electric and GoSEMO for fiber construction and fiber lease. In addition, the board reviewed fiber design work for the first phase. It will take several months before construction will start, but construction make-ready design efforts are underway. Make-ready is the shorthand for making a utility pole ready for new attachments.

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How Stuff Works: Coax vs Fiber-Optic Cables

9:50am May 19, 2017

What makes fiber-optic special? Curious? Just watch the first few minutes of this video. 

Fiber Project Announced at Annual Meeting

4:52pm May 17, 2017

The Miner Convention Center served as the host site for SEMO Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting on May 15. To the excitement of those in attendance, SEMO Electric’s President Rick Faulkner announced that the board approved a plan to install fiber-optic cable to connect substations and offices to increase the reliability of electric service to members. Plus, if all goes well, he said the plan is to provide fiber-to-the-home (high-speed internet) for the cooperative’s members.

“It may take several years, but we will take it one step at a time,” Faulkner said. “Much like we did with electricity in 1938, we’re going to provide real, affordable broadband for rural residents in southeast Missouri.”

During the business meeting, four directors – Myron Hawes, Dicky Hanor, Dennis Fowler and James Deneke – were elected to the cooperative’s board to serve three year terms to help guide SEMO Electric’s strategic direction. Prior to the business meeting, entertainer Maggie Thorn sang original songs and some old favorites to the large crowd as they snacked on popcorn.

Just How Fast is Lightning-fast?

9:52pm May 14, 2017

We are working on a plan to deliver ultra-fast internet service to SEMO Electric Cooperative members, and we're thrilled to get things started. But just how fast will our advanced technology allow us to make your online world?

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With either our 100 Mbps or 1 Gbps plans, you will:

  • Transfer data over the internet faster than you can write data to a thumb drive.
  • Play games seamlessly.
  • Download and upload files, photos and videos at incredible speeds.
  • Video conference with excellent quality.
  • Improve your online experience for multiple users and devices connected simultaneously to your network.
  • Stream videos, movies and TV shows in HD with little to no delays or buffering.

It's exciting technology, and we're glad to bring it to you.

Board Approves Fiber Project

3:08pm May 11, 2017

During a special board meeting of the Board of Directors of SEMO Electric Cooperative, Inc., on March 22, 2017, the board conducted a final review of the fiber to the home feasibility study and held a discussion regarding fiber construction. Then, the board unanimously voted to move forward with phase one of the fiber plan.

By connecting substations and offices with fiber-optic cable, the Cooperative will create an intelligent grid that will provide it with more down line automation capabilities, ultimately increasing the reliability of electric service to members. Also, this endeavor falls in line with the Cooperative’s purpose - “powering communities and empowering members.”

Broadband is the electricity of the 1930s and 1940s. Remember, in 1930, fewer than 10% of farms had access to electricity. In 2016, 53% of Americans lack access to broadband. Much like the Cooperative did with electricity in 1938, the Cooperative is going to provide real, affordable broadband to southeast Missouri.

Since the Cooperative serves more than 2,600 miles of line, this will take some time. The entire build out will take several years. The approved plan is to begin with a portion of the territory and build out from there. Only the first phase was approved by the board.

While the Cooperative is not ready to announce its first build location, it anticipates starting with substations in Advance, Bloomfield and Miner. A number of factors are considered to help decide the build-out order. Those factors include density, total cost, cost per home or business passed, number of potential subscribers, cooperative communication needs, office locations and revenue projections. The Cooperative will evaluate the success of each phase as the business moves forward. The Cooperative asks members to be patient as it works on fiber design for route maps, infrastructure make-ready needs, splicing diagrams and construction schedules.



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