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.
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.
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.
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, Mo., we are focused on becoming the industry-leader for broadband services in southeast Missouri.
3:57PM October 06, 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.
11:18AM October 06, 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.
8:18AM September 28, 2017
For our member-owners in the Miner area, progress continues on our first phase to provide fiber 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.
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.
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.
5:25PM September 08, 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.
4:40PM September 05, 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 of 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 fiber internet.
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.
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 fiber 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 fiber internet service:
- Design and engineer the fiber network route
- Complete make-ready work to prepare existing power poles for fiber construction
- Pull fiber overhead and underground from the substation to selected areas
- Splice and test the fiber network
- You sign up to receive fiber internet
- Install fiber service to the outside of your home, farm or and business
- Install fiber service inside your home, farm and business for fiber internet
- You enjoy the GoSEMO Fiber experience
- You encourage neighbors and others to sign up
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-ops' Barry Hart. SEMO Electric is speaking to lawmakers about its broadband initiative, which, when finished, will provide fiber internet to its service territory
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 fiber 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.
6:47PM August 07, 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/
5:33PM August 03, 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.
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
3:39AM July 08, 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.
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 fiber 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
11:54AM June 09, 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.
3:31PM June 02, 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.