Co-op fiber internet project progress
EnergyLines February 2019
South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation recently announced phase two of its four-phase fiber-to-the-home network, SCI fiber, across its service territory. Construction on phase one of the fiber network began in mid-2018 and phase two begins in early 2019.
“We started this fiber project because quality of life and economic development are tied to the availability of high-speed internet,” said SCI REMC President and CEO James Tanneberger.
Operation Round-up programs support organizations in co-op communities
Electric co-ops are committed to the communities they serve.
One way they show this commitment is through Operation Round-up programs. Throughout the year, participating electric consumer energy bills are rounded up to the next dollar. The funds collected are managed by trusts that oversee the funds and their distribution to the community.
WIN Energy REMC has seen positive results from its Operation Round-up program.
“A rewarding aspect of this program is that it is an extension of the idea that neighbors help neighbors. This is what co-ops are all about,” said Director of Marketing and Member Services Leslie Beard.
Bartholomew County REMC has also seen strong support from their members.
“We are pleased with the growth our program has seen through the years. Helping organizations in the communities we serve is a big part of the cooperative difference,” said Vice President of Communications and Member Services Marty Lasure.