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Corning Incorporated announced that Tri-Co Connections, a fiber-to-the-home internet service provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, has selected Corning as its supplier to bring high-speed broadband connectivity to rural communities in northentral Pennsylvania.

Tri-Co Connections is deploying a complete set of Calix solutions to build its first fiber network, deploying Corning’s fiber infrastructure across a more than 3,200 square-mile area to provide data transmission speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, unlimited local and long-distance phone service, and home security service to its subscribers.

The project will deliver fiber broadband to more than 18,000 homes and businesses over the next six years.

“Corning’s proximity to our service area, rich history of innovation in the FTTH space and track record of deploying fiber to rural communities made it the right supplier for Tri-Co,” said Bill Gerski, senior vice president of Business Development at Tri-Co Connections. “Once completed, our new optical network will advance the region’s economic development objectives and improve the quality of life for the residents we serve.”

Tri-Co is the state’s first electric cooperative to build out a state-of-the-art, high speed fiber to the home broadband network. It will deploy optical fiber cable, housings and jumpers from Corning’s FTTH product portfolio for all phases of the project to overcome the challenges of distance, density, and terrain in the mountainous northcentralPennsylvania region – including Tioga, Potter, Bradford, Lycoming, McKean, Cameron and Clinton counties.

“Corning looks forward to working with Tri-Co to deliver fiber to the people of North Central Pennsylvania who currently don’t have access to reliable fiber broadband,” said Angela Haneklau, vice president of North American Carrier Network Sales, Corning Optical Communications. “We’ve seen the significant impact that affordable, ubiquitous access to fiber broadband has on rural communities and applaud Tri-Co’s continued commitment to serving the community.”

It will serve northern Pennsylvania communities currently limited to spotty cable and unreliable wireless. Tri-Co is building its access network with AXOS for simplified operations and accelerating the deployment with Calix Professional Services. They are also tailoring service packages for members with advanced network intelligence from Calix Support Cloud and providing the ultimate Wi-Fi experience with the GigaSpire powered by EXOS.

“The communities we serve have never had reliable Internet, but simply connecting them isn’t enough,” said Bill Gerski, senior VP of business development for Tri-Co Connections. “We are committed to delivering a quality broadband experience to every one of our members. By partnering with Calix, we are assured that our network is future proof, so we can keep our focus where it belongs—on the communities we serve.”

With an extensive product portfolio, decades of network expertise, and more than 52 million homes passed, Corning provides FTTH solutions that address major challenges such as speed of deployment, installment costs, performance and quality, project cost deferment, and future readiness.To learn more about how Corning is helping to transform rural communities with the power of optical fiber networks, visit:

Seeking solutions that would deliver needed Internet connectivity today and into the future, Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative selected end-to-end solutions from Calix.

The AXOS E7-2 Intelligent Modular System simplifies network operations, and the GigaSpire powered by EXOS, working in concert with Calix Support Cloud, elevates the subscriber experience.

“When given the opportunity to design this network from scratch, Tri-Co selected Calix as its end-to-end partner, positioning itself to deliver world class services over a next-generation fiber network,” said Skip Hirvela, vice president of sales for Calix. “This build is indicative of a national trend of electric cooperatives stepping up and delivering broadband to previously unserved and underserved rural communities. Our expertise and the completeness of our portfolio are particularly valuable to non-traditional service providers like electric cooperatives, who are stepping out of their traditional roles to deliver these valuable services.”