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Roanoke Connect is Moving Forward…

Roanoke Electric Cooperative prides itself on being able to provide you with the cutting-edge service you expect and deserve.  One of the many responses to your “call to serve” is a $4 million high speed internet fiber project known as Roanoke Connect. 

As we move closer to completing Roanoke Connect in early in 2017, we are deploying high-speed internet fiber technology to each of our substations to take care of our internal, operational needs.  This project will help us predict and reduce outages, protect our electric system from vandalism and theft and help member-owners manage energy and reduce their bills.  

We Need Your Help!

We need your help to determine if we can expand Roanoke Connect to bring broadband services to homes and businesses in our region. 

In a world of video streaming, telecommuting, video conferencing, and online education, connectivity is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Unfortunately, many homeowners and businesses in our region do not have access to reliable internet service. The absence of high-speed internet denies our member-owners and others in the region access to all the amenities the World Wide Web has to offer.  It also discourages businesses from investing in our communities which results in missed job opportunities.

Is it cost effective to expand Roanoke Connect to a fiber-to-the-home or extended broadband offering to your homes and businesses?  We are not sure. 

By answering a few of our questions we will know if Roanoke Electric Cooperative should explore this option. Please take the following survey and let us know what you think!

Curtis Wynn
President & CEO 


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About Roanoke Crowdfiber Campaign

One of the most important dates in rural America's history is May 21, 1936.

On this date President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act that spurred the organization of rural electric cooperatives nationwide. These cooperatives were able to borrow funds from the newly formed Rural Electrification Administration (REA) which is known today as the Rural Utility Service (RUS). The funds borrowed enabled construction of electric distribution lines that brought electricity to rural Americans who wanted electricity just like their urban friends.

 

L. Weeks Anderson was named the first manager of Roanoke Electric Cooperative on March 21, 1939 after the cooperative was chartered on September 30, 1938. There were 317 member-owners when Roanoke Electric first energized its original 56 miles of line on May 29, 1939. Since that time the system has expanded to over 2,000 miles of line serving more than 14,500 member-owners in Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan Counties.

 

The cooperative has had three other general managers since it was first formed. Vernon Taylor set the first pole in late 1938 and was later named general manager of Roanoke Electric on March 20, 1944. Taylor remained general manager until his retirement on February 27, 1981.

 

Eugene W. Brown Jr. who began service for the cooperative on August 17, 1970 as the director of Member Services was then named as general manager of Roanoke Electric Cooperative on March 1, 1981. On October 15, 1997 Brown relinquished his duties as general manager and retired.

 

On October 13, 1997, Curtis Wynn began his administration as the leader of Roanoke EC.  Wynn is the first African American in the nation to serve as the top executive of an electric cooperative.  Under his leadership, many awards have been given to the Roanoke EC, i.e., the 2000 and 2005 National Rural Electric Cooperative Community Service Network Award making REC one of the most progressive co-ops today. Wynn continues to expand on the cooperative principles: voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, and concern for community.



About this Campaign

Roanoke Connect is Moving Forward…

Roanoke Electric Cooperative prides itself on being able to provide you with the cutting-edge service you expect and deserve.  One of the many responses to your “call to serve” is a $4 million high speed internet fiber project known as Roanoke Connect. 

As we move closer to completing Roanoke Connect in early in 2017, we are deploying high-speed internet fiber technology to each of our substations to take care of our internal, operational needs.  This project will help us predict and reduce outages, protect our electric system from vandalism and theft and help member-owners manage energy and reduce their bills.  

We Need Your Help!

We need your help to determine if we can expand Roanoke Connect to bring broadband services to homes and businesses in our region. 

In a world of video streaming, telecommuting, video conferencing, and online education, connectivity is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Unfortunately, many homeowners and businesses in our region do not have access to reliable internet service. The absence of high-speed internet denies our member-owners and others in the region access to all the amenities the World Wide Web has to offer.  It also discourages businesses from investing in our communities which results in missed job opportunities.

Is it cost effective to expand Roanoke Connect to a fiber-to-the-home or extended broadband offering to your homes and businesses?  We are not sure. 

By answering a few of our questions we will know if Roanoke Electric Cooperative should explore this option. Please take the following survey and let us know what you think!

Curtis Wynn
President & CEO 

Check out who's already registered!


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Lisa Liverman

Bertie County
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Jeffrey Peacock

Gates County
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Halifax County
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Bertie County
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Halifax County
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Bertie County


Wow, what response!

2:31pm September 22, 2016

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit responses for the CrowdFiber campaign in August! Our campaign participation numbers are quickly rising, and Northampton County has already reached its goal! Now it's your turn Bertie, Gates, Halifax and Hertford. Your input is crucial to helping formulate the RoanokeConnect plans for moving forward. We'll also continue taking additional input from Northampton, so your voices will still be heard.

Let’s keep this going!

Roanoke Electrical Cooperative Story

4:43pm May 9, 2016

We Need Your Help!

6:26pm March 24, 2016

We need your help to determine if we can expand Roanoke Connect to bring broadband services to homes and businesses in our region. 

In a world of video streaming, telecommuting, video conferencing, and online education, connectivity is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Unfortunately, many homeowners and businesses in our region do not have access to reliable internet service. The absence of high-speed internet denies our member-owners and others in the region access to all the amenities the World Wide Web has to offer.  It also discourages businesses from investing in our communities which results in missed job opportunities.

Is it cost effective to expand Roanoke Connect to a fiber-to-the-home or extended broadband offering to your homes and businesses?  We are not sure. 

By answering a few of our questions we will know if Roanoke Electric Cooperative should explore this option. Please take the following survey and let us know what you think!

Curtis Wynn
President & CEO 



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Roanoke Connect - Steve Worrell

2:56pm March 21, 2017

Steve Worrell

Broadband fiber in rural NC is a game changer! Opens up all kinds of possibilities for small businesses and in homes. I'm sure my grandfather in Como, NC felt a similar surge of enthusiasm when electricity came out to his farm in 1947 from this very same Cooperative. I applaud REC for their forward thinking and energy in getting this initiative done.


Roanoke Connect - Robert  Turner

2:39pm February 23, 2017

Robert Turner

Any updates on this? The last update came when only 1 of 5 counties had met the goal but now we are at 4 of 5 and have not gotten any updates. Can we look forward to an update soon?


Roanoke Connect - Johnny Jenkins

12:12pm January 11, 2017

Johnny Jenkins

When will all this get started,ready to get hooked up!


Roanoke Connect - steven flythe

10:38am December 26, 2016

steven flythe

Any updates lately?


Roanoke Connect - John L

10:11am December 20, 2016

John L

Yay !!! How long before we can hook up ? John L


Roanoke Connect - John L

10:57am September 29, 2016

John L

Gates County Residents , Spread the word , we can make this happen ... Roanoke Electric help us , consider a direct mail info letter . Build It They Will Come ! John L


Roanoke Connect - Johnny Jenkins

2:08pm September 12, 2016

Johnny Jenkins

I too, never saw a slip in my bill regarding this.A friend of mine told me about it last week.I am hopeful that this will change the internet situation I have on my road.Guess I'll have to go door to door and let my neighbors know about it.We need to get this done!


Roanoke Connect - Carmar Wade

11:11pm September 6, 2016

Carmar Wade

It's great to see steps toward expanding broadband in our rual area. Demand will explode from the generation becoming young adults seeking vitality in Eastern North Carolina. There's no doubt in my mind of the need. Keep going, you've got my support.


Roanoke Connect - Deborah Tayloe

8:45pm August 29, 2016

Deborah Tayloe

Thank you for considering broadband in Bertie County. Unfortunately, many of my neighbors don't have internet to take the survey. I doubt they even know about it. This does not mean these Members don't want internet, simply that they don't want tied to a satellite contract. Without access to internet, they can't take your survey. A letter with a paper response would be a more effective way to reach people without internet in rural parts of your area.


Roanoke Connect - Wilbur Daniels

12:16pm August 10, 2016

Wilbur Daniels

I also agree with Terry and john. I read the slip but could not connect to roanoke.crowd fiber.com. A customer service rep. at the co-op advised me to go through the co-op website and click on Roanoke connect. Everyone needs to know how to access the survey.


Roanoke Connect - Terry Hairston

7:51am June 28, 2016

Terry Hairston

I agree with John L. I never saw the slip, just happened across it and now I am sharing with friends and neighbors. I actually had to complete this at work, because the connection at my house was not able to stay connected long enough to complete the survey.


Roanoke Connect - John L

12:59pm June 11, 2016

John L

You will need to do more than insert a slip of paper in with our bills about this campaign as many probably didn't read it. I would suggest a separate mailing explaining this program, making sure everyone knows it is a possibility we can make happen. Please consider this ! Thanks


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