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Why We Serve

For their jobs.For their access to medicine. For their children. For a better way of life.  This is why we serve. In 1937, Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation (AVECC) gave light to rural Arkansans who were left in the dark, helping transform the River Valley into a prosperous, industrial, and leading agricultural region of the United States.  […]

Connecting to the Backbone of America

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. They comprise 99.9% of all U.S. businesses, over two-thirds of the net new jobs created since 2000 and employ roughly half of America’s private sector workforce according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2021). However, even as vital as small businesses are […]

Commitment to Serve All

By definition, cooperatives are built on cooperation. To be ‘cooperative’ means to work together towards a common goal. Cooperatives are centered in people. They are owned, controlled and operated by their members and prioritize quality of life for those they serve. Co-ops are not owned by shareholders, the benefits of the services they provide stay […]

Connectivity is vital to rural areas

Some eight miles from the nearest town lies a small church down a quiet country road in Haskell County. Surrounded by rolling hills with pastures, and sitting next to a small cemetery, West Liberty Baptist Church has been a fixture of this area since 1894, and people have been worshiping there ever since.  The Covid […]

Fiber meets needs, adds to quality of life

Electric cooperatives are committed to improving quality of life for members and communities. This commitment began when electric co-ops were formed. It’s the driving force behind new and old cooperative programs and services. “We feel it’s our responsibility to work toward constant advancement for our members and communities; by not only providing safe, affordable electricity, […]

Setting the bar

Long before opening its first feeder in July 2021, Centranet knew it wanted its subscriber experience to be different from other internet service providers.   Part of providing such an experience is getting feedback from subscribers. Centranet regularly surveys its subscribers, asking them about their installation experience, and uses that feedback to make improvements in […]

Life at a Crossroads

On Tecumseh Road in Norman, just off Interstate 35, hides a beacon of hope for children and teens in crisis. Crossroads Youth & Family Services offers a safe place to learn, grow and discover when a permanent home is unavailable. “We are the only emergency shelter in Cleveland County,” said executive director Wendy Swatek. Founded […]

Cooperatives build

Though the core business purpose of Ozarks Electric Cooperative is to provide reliable, affordable electricity, our larger mission is to make our corner of the world a better place. With that in mind, we knew building and bringing fiber broadband to our community was the right choice with OzarksGo.  “We want to work to build […]

Reliable Internet: both an urban and rural issue

Broadband access is critical to local economies and small businesses, particularly in rural and underserved communities. This is why Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) stepped up to the plate to build fiber optic broadband where no one else was willing to build, similar to electric service 80 years ago. Rachel Dallis, attorney at law, started […]

Education the most noble technology objective

As they endeavor to educate students, area schools focus on useful, practical applications for technology. Is there a more noble objective than educating our children and keeping them safe while they learn? BOLT Fiber Optics has made it a priority to work closely with area schools, ensuring these institutions have access to the resources they […]