We plan to build a network of blazing-fast fiber-optic service to every home in our service territory.
Beacon Broadband recognizes the need for high-speed internet access for those living on the Southern Oregon Coast. For more than two years, CCEC has been studying the possibility of deploying high-speed fiber throughout its entire service territory (and beyond). About 20% of CCEC members are severely underserved and have limited access to high-speed internet. These members only have access through satellite service or a cellular data plan, neither of which is adequate in today’s technology-driven world. CCEC created Beacon Broadband to solve this problem and close the urban/rural digital divide.
We believe, like electricity, access to high-speed internet is essential.
Beacon Broadband and increased internet access will benefit our community:
- Improve telemedicine, distance learning, and remote work opportunities
- Create new ways for community members to connect with one another reducing isolation
- Allow seasonal residents to monitor and care for their properties remotely
- Increase property marketability and value with access to high-speed internet (studies show)
- Enhanced potential for better cellular service
- Encourage regional economic development
In addition to providing high-speed internet access, Beacon Broadband will provide many indirect benefits to our community.
This project will drive economic growth:
- Construction may be completed by contractors from outside of the area; however, those companies and their employees will spend time and money inside our region.
- A “hire local” requirement for the selected construction vendor may create jobs for Coos and Curry County residents.
- Beacon Broadband will create new, permanent, and local jobs.
- Increased high-speed internet access throughout the region may attract new businesses and spur entrepreneurial activity.
- Better broadband throughout the region will make our area more appealing to the growing remote workforce.
CCEC and its members will benefit:
- The fiber infrastructure will allow better management of our local power grid - reducing outages and decreasing the time it takes to restore power.
- Improved communication will increase security at remote locations reducing opportunities for theft and vandalism.
- Broadband will diversify revenue.
Beacon Broadband is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative. As exciting as we think it will be to bring high-speed internet to the Southern Oregon Coast, large projects have risks. We feel it's important for CCEC's members to be informed.
- The project requires a large investment and will temporarily decrease CCEC's borrowing capacity and other financial metrics.
- Our weather and terrain pose unique challenges that may increase construction and operating costs beyond initial estimates.
- A minimum number of subscribers is necessary to cover Beacon Broadband's overhead. If significantly fewer people than expected subscribe, CCEC could be responsible for the project's debt without sufficient revenue to cover those costs.
- Broadband is not a core service for CCEC. Concerned members have expressed CCEC should "stick to what they are good at".
- Surveys have indicated about 80% of CCEC’s members have internet access they feel meets their current needs.
- Broadband is a competitive service with established providers in our region.
- Technology is constantly evolving. Fiber-optic infrastructure may be rendered obsolete by new technology.
- Other competing providers might build fiber to the home in parts of the region.