Rural electric cooperatives are bridging the digital divide

Learn how Fiber to the Home can benefit your community

Rural electric cooperatives are bridging the digital divide

Learn how Fiber to the Home can benefit your community


Your community needs you

Broadband services are as essential to your community today as power was 100 years ago. With access to critical broadband services, you can preserve the lifestyle your members cherish, and ensure the socio-economic future of your community.​

Attract new companies

Broadband is a key decision factor for startups and companies that are relocating.

Enable telecommuting

The number of work-at-home employees has grown 103 percent since 2005.​

Increase home values

Access to fiber adds 3.1 percent to the value of a home.


Now is the right time to bring broadband to your rural community

This fun and informative infographic explains the three critical insights you need to know before embarking on network builds and broadband deployment projects.


Become a digital leader for your community

Learn the fundamentals of funding, designing, building, operating, and marketing a broadband business.


Discover how to:

  • Identify and secure funding to connect your community
  • Design a scalable, future-proof network
  • Plan for a smooth broadband build-out
  • Ensure sustainable broadband operations
  • Develop critical marketing skills to excite subscribers

How do you get started with broadband?

Learn the facts about Fiber to the Home

Learn the fundamentals of a successful broadband deployment

You know your members need reliable broadband. Incumbent providers may not be able to make the investment in your community. You’re their only hope. Arm yourself with the information you need to get started with our whitepaper “Top Three Insights You Need To Bring Broadband To Your Community” covering network infrastructure, cost, and why Fiber to the Home is the best long-term technology investment.


Future proof your network build with fiber

The investment you make in your network infastructure now can stand the test of time with fiber, while allowing you to build at the lowest cost per bit per mile. 

Educate your community on the benefits of broadband

We'll help you get started

You know your members need reliable broadband. Incumbent providers may not be able to make the investment in your community. You’re their only hope. Start by addressing your top concerns with our whitepaper “Just the Facts: Getting Started with Broadband” covering network infrastructure, cost, and why Fiber to the Home is the best long-term technology investment.


84% of electric cooperatives deploying broadband services partner with Calix

Click the interactive map below to learn more about how your peers are deploying broadband services.


Ready to get started?

We can help you by finding the funding to build your network


Explore valuable funding resources

One of the most critical steps in deploying a fiber network is securing the funding. There are a number of different options available for Electric Co-operatives.


Customer Success Stories

Success stories from electric cooperatives like yours

See how four electric cooperatives each tackles the financial aspects of building out their fiber networks.


Co-Mo Electric

The first self-funded cooperative

After launching a Fiber to the Home pilot project in rural Missouri, Co-Mo Connect has expanded its fiber network to reach all of its electric members with gigabit services and Calix GigaCenters. See how the first self-funded electric cooperative is doing now.

Leverage the expertise of our funding team

Our funding experts can help you determine what resources are available to meet your needs.


Not sure which network model is right for your community?

Navigating the options is easier than you think

See how other electric cooperatives are navigating the decision to build their networks    


SEMO Electric Cooperative


With its first foray into broadband service, GoSEMO, a subsidiary of SEMO Electric Cooperative, is seeing success as its Calix-based GPON network continues to expand in Missouri.


Bandera Electric Cooperative

BEC Fiber

Innovative electric cooperative Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC) is building a next-generation fiber network for Smart Grid and broadband services with Calix Cloud and Carrier-Class Wi-Fi Solutions. Watch how Bandera Electric Cooperative built their fiber network.


Arrowhead Electric Partnership​

CTC and Arrowhead Electric

Located in rural Minnesota, Arrowhead Electric Cooperative and CTC have formed a unique partnership to deliver broadband services to underserved Cook County in Minnesota's Arrowhead region. Learn how Arrowhead Electric partnered with CTC to deliver broadband services to their members.


Great Lakes Energy

GLE with Truestream

In northern and western Michigan, electric cooperative Great Lakes Energy (GLE) has created a successful FTTH pilot project built on Calix Services and solutions as it prepares for a membership-wide expansion of its broadband service under its Truestream subsidiary. 


Connecting everyone and everything

Our mission is to help you close the digital divide

Click on the diagram to learn more about each element of the Calix solution.

By deploying the right combination of Calix Cloud, EXOS and AXOS platforms, electric cooperatives are delivering next generation services to their communities and creating the exceptional in-home experiences that their members desire.

Our Calix Services team has the expertise to help you determine the ideal solution for you and your subscribers and how to manage it all so that you can delight your members.


Learn from our customers

Expansion in sight as critical broadband is delivered across rural Arkansas

Electric cooperative, South Central Connect, is laying the foundation to embrace everyPON as it prepares to spark economic recovery by expanding into surrounding underserved communities.

Pennsylvania’s first to deliver high speed broadband goes all in on fiber with Calix

Tri-Co Connections, the newly formed broadband arm of the Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, is deploying a complete set of Calix solutions to build its first fiber network. Tri-Co is the state’s first electric cooperative to build out a state-of-the-art fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband network.

Fiber innovator deploying AXOS to power next generation network

Tennessee-based electric cooperative Forked Deer selects AXOS platform and the E7-2 to radically accelerate its FTTH broadband deployment capabilities while automating and simplifying its network operations.


Partner with Calix Professional Services to do it better, faster, and more cost effectively

Accelerate delivery and management of new and innovative services to your community

Calix and our partners offer a portfolio of services that will help speed your time to market and return on investment.

Accelerating new broadband service with Calix Professional Services

East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (ECOEC) is deploying AXOS GPON to accelerate a next generation broadband network with the help of Calix Professional Services and business partner Conexon.

Calix platforms and services are the foundation for our solutions

In the Data Center The AXOS enabled E9-2 Intelligent Edge System collapses subscriber management, aggregation and OLT functionality.
In the Substation The AXOS enabled E7-2 Intelligent Modular System brings GPON, Active Ethernet, XGS-PON and NG-PON2 together in a modular chassis.
In the Premise Bridge the digital divide and deliver a sensational subscriber experience with the Calix Experience Innovation Platform.
In Your Business Operations Why guess when data analytics can turn everyday employees into superstars? Calix Cloud provides actionable insights for marketing and support professionals.