Broadband Position Statement

  • REC has, and will continue to be, an advocate for broadband service being available to all of our members. We recognize this is very important to the well-being of the communities we serve, impacting everything from education to medical care to economic development.

  • REC's Board of Directors recently approved funds to construct a fiber optic network for utility operations. When complete at the end of a 6-year construction plan, this network of approximately 800 miles of fiber optic cable will connect over 130 endpoints (substations, radio towers, offices, etc.) across portions of the 22 counties served by REC.

  • The fiber utility network will provide numerous advancements and capabilities for REC in the areas of grid modernization, disaster recovery, cyber and physical security, and data analytics. REC will utilize its existing infrastructure to deploy the fiber optic network capable of detecting outages faster, thus reducing restoration times and improving reliability.

  • The construction of REC's fiber utility network is the first step of a multistep plan to help facilitate the expansion of broadband. The Cooperative expects to have excess fiber capacity, which can be made available for open access leasing arrangements with local governments, schools, and other third party providers. REC is committed to helping advance opportunities in expanding broadband to both underserved and unserved areas of the Cooperative's service territory. REC is excited about the possibilities of partnering with local governments and other business entities to make broadband a reality for our members.