Brookings – June 15, 2023 – Beacon Broadband, powered by Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, announced today a significant milestone bringing the high-speed fiber experience where no one else will go. Beacon Broadband has successfully connected its 1,000th customer to its state-of-the-art fiber network, a major step forward for both the company and the south coast of Oregon. Governor Tina Kotek congratulated Beacon Broadband on this achievement, saying, “Congratulations on your 1,000th fiber customer. How cool! Thank you for working hard to connect your neighbors to the world.” With this milestone, Beacon Broadband has taken a significant step towards enhancing the area’s digital infrastructure and driving economic vitality throughout the region.
Eian Savas, the owner of Zola’s on the Water, is the company’s 1,000th customer. Expressing his thoughts on reaching this significant milestone, Savas enthusiastically stated, “Beacon Broadband’s service is a game-changer for Zola’s. It has the potential to revolutionize our customer interactions. From enhancing our internal system to improving our public Wi-Fi connection, this service will undoubtedly contribute to creating an elevated customer experience. We are thrilled to be Beacon Broadband’s 1,000th customer.”
Beacon Broadband continues to expand their network infrastructure along the coast with remarkable progress. Over the past year, the company increased miles of fiber network built by 417%, resulting in a 430% growth in the number of serviceable addresses passed. It has now made services available to nearly 5,000 of the 20,000 homes and businesses in its proposed service territory. A remarkable 1090% increase in subscribers within a year demonstrates the popularity of Beacon Broadband’s offerings as well as the real need for quality high-speed fiber broadband in the south coast area. Brent Bischoff, CEO of CCEC and Beacon Broadband stated, “We are extremely proud as we take a moment to reflect on the hard work and dedication required to reach this milestone of connecting our 1,000th customer to fiber service. Our team has worked tirelessly to get to this point.” Bischoff reiterated Beacon Broadband’s strong commitment to extend their fiber network north making it available to every Coos-Curry Electric member who wants Beacon Broadband service. Bischoff concluded, “This is just the beginning of our journey, and we are excited to continue transforming the south coast digital landscape.”
Beacon Broadband’s venture to bring fiber infrastructure to the Sitkum Valley is set to support local communities for years to come, much like when Ivan Laird, founder of Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, brought power to the valley 85 years ago. Beacon’s advanced fiber network will fuel economic growth and contribute an improved quality of life in the region. With Beacon Broadband enabling innovation, the region can look forward to a future marked by both technological advancement and increased economic vitality.
Pete Radabaugh, the Board President of Beacon Broadband, expressed his excitement about achieving this milestone and the transformative effect it will have on the region. “This is just the start. We are ensuring long-term internet connectivity in Coos and Curry Counties and taking great pride in it!” Radabaugh stated, “Through high-speed fiber connectivity, we are fueling growth, innovation, and an enhanced quality of life for businesses and residents alike.” Beacon Broadband, powered by Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, has shown dedication to going where no one else has gone, bringing the high-speed internet experience right to your kitchen table or business point of sale. This collaboration has enabled Beacon Broadband to extend its fiber network to previously underserved areas as well as more remote locations without any viable broadband options. For more information about Beacon Broadband and to stay updated on their service availability, please visit their website at www.beaconbroadband.com or contact Bill Gerski, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at (541) 412-5098.