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Friday, January 11, 2019

Tri-County REC selects broadband engineering partner

MANSFIELD, PA (Jan. 9, 2019) — Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative has selected Vantage Point Solutions for engineering and project management services for its upcoming fiber-to-the-home broadband deployment

Vantage Point will oversee a multi-year project to construct over 3,250 miles of fiber optic line across Tri-County REC’s service territory in northcentral Pennsylvania. Physical construction of the fiber network is expected to begin later this year, initially in the townships surrounding Coudersport.

Tri-Co Connections, Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative’s high-speed internet subsidiary, will make broadband internet service available to more than 16,500 cooperative members in Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Lycoming, Clinton, McKean and Cameron counties over the next 6 years.

“This is a critical step in moving forward on this project,” said Craig Eccher, Tri-County president and CEO. “Our goal is to bring high-speed broadband to rural communities, just like we did for electricity. Vantage Point has the experience to bring that vision to fruition.”

Tri-County previously worked with Vantage Point to secure over $32 million in funding for this project through the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund Phase II Auction. Additional funding for the $77 million project was secured through a $1.5 million grant through the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project program, and a $15.6 million grant through the Pennsylvania Broadband Investment Incentive Program.

“We believe better broadband means better lives,” said Larry Thompson, CEO of Vantage Point Solutions. “That’s our rallying cry. It’s why we do what we do, especially in rural areas, which are more likely to be underserved.

“We’re excited to work with Tri-County,” he added. “It’s an area that hasn’t been well-served for broadband access, and we get to help them bring high-speed broadband to their members.”

With an engineering partner now secured, the project has moved into the engineering and design phase. Construction will begin this summer, with the first customers receiving service later in the year.

Additional information about Tri-Co Connections and the fiber-to-the-home project, including a frequently-asked-questions page, can be found by visiting the Tri-County REC website,

Vantage Point Solutions, based in Mitchell, S.D., is a national provider of engineering and consulting services for the broadband/telecommunications and financial industries. An employee-owned company, Vantage Point combines professional engineering, technical expertise and extensive regulatory knowledge to design technically advanced and economically viable solutions customized for each client.

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, with headquarters in Mansfield, Pa., has provided electric service to the residents of northcentral Pennsylvania since 1937.


Anonymous said...

Talk about the swamp. We taxpayers are pretty much footing the whole bill while only the Tri-County customers get the service. If you are not Tri-County for your electric then you are S-O-L. Corporate welfare.

Anonymous said...

Really 8 am poster. Some of us don't have a choice with the electric company that we have.

Roy Siefert said...

Tri County is a cooperative owned by its members. It exists because corporations were not willing serve the rural area. This is a much needed project that will be available to non members along their service lines. Thank you Tri County REC!

Anonymous said...

Wrong Roy. They have not committed to selling this taxpayer financed fiber network to non members. They probably will do that eventually if they can suck enough of a profit out of us. You REC members are getting one hell of a generous donation from us taxpayers. Do the math, almost 50 MILLION BUCKS from us. You're welcome. Can us Zito customers get 50 MILLION BUCKS too so our rates can be lowered? Only seems fair. I like how the elected officials in Washington and Harrisburg brag about how conservative they are and then they put on their ultra liberal hats when it comes to corporate welfare.

Anonymous said...

Roy Siefert, I think you meant Thank you Taxpayers!

Anonymous said...

Computers and the internet are the work of the devil