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Evaluating high-speed internet options?

If so, consider broadband service powered by Continental Divide Electric Cooperative, your trusted electric co-op!

Please browse this site to view our current service areas, internet packages and construction updates, as well as register your interest in receiving CDEC's broadband. We will contact you as soon as construction begins in your area. 


What is CDEC's new broadband service? 

CDEC’s new broadband service is the byproduct of the co-op's effort to improve the reliability, efficiency, safety and quality of electric service that CDEC provides. By upgrading how our distribution system communicates, the co-op can implement Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), a digital energy management system used to monitor, control and optimize the electric distribution system performance. This upgrade requires us to install fiber-optic lines and other high-speed internet equipment throughout our system. As we build this infrastructure and activate it, CDEC will offer internet to homes and businesses at speeds that meet and exceed the Federal Communication Commission’s current standard for broadband internet service.






 * For a limited time during construction in each area.


How do I use this website? 

Visit this site regularly to view our current service area map. That area will grow as we build our broadband service throughout Grants and elsewhere.
If service is available in your area, your next step is to fill out the “Express Your Interest” form in the black box on the right-hand side of this page. By sending us your information, we can start the paperwork to sign you up for service. Completing the pre-registration process will reduce your time in our office, and help us expedite your service! 


If service is not available in your area, don't worry, we're working on getting it to you! In the meantime, complete the Express Your Interest form to let us know you want service in your area. We'll contact you as we begin construction there.

      Where can I learn more?

      Visit the "Updates" tab, above, to follow our recent announcements, or visit our "Areas" tab to track construction progress.

      You can also give us a call a (505) 285-6656 or stop by our Grants office to chat with one of our friendly customer service representatives. 

      We are excited to announce that a small group of customers along West High Street and the north side of West Santa Fe Avenue are now eligible for service. We will begin this project by building out to all of the Grants area. The area in green Phase 1 of our Grants build out. Service will be offered in this area first. The area in blue is where service is currently available. Although we try to be as accurate as possible, there may be in instances where service is not yet available to a particular address. Please understand we are working hard to reach as many members as possible as quickly as we can. Check back often to view our growing service area and phases of this project!

      About Continental Divide Electric Cooperative, Inc.

       



      50-Mbps Residential Internet Service

      Ultra-reliable broadband internet access with speeds faster than wireless, DSL and cable internet providers. Sign up for CDEC’s 50-Mbps Residential Internet Service to experience the difference!




      $49.95

      100-Mbps Residential Internet Service

      Blazing fast 100-Mbps internet access for households that require additional bandwidth. Great for multiple devices simultaneously streaming audio and video, gaming, and other communications. Try CDEC’s 100-Mbps Residential Internet Service and experience more speed and more fun at home!


       

      $59.95

      50-Mbps Small Business Internet Service

      Today’s small business requires ultra-reliable internet access that is faster than wireless, DSL and cable internet services. Sign up for CDEC’s 50-Mbps Small Business Internet Service to experience the difference!




      $99.95

      100-Mbps Small Business Internet Service

      Blazing fast 100-Mbps internet access can equate to more productivity in the office. Designed for small businesses that require additional bandwidth for high-speed uploading and downloading of large files, video streaming, credit card transactions and every other workplace internet need.


       

      $129.95



      About this Campaign

      Evaluating high-speed internet options?

      If so, consider broadband service powered by Continental Divide Electric Cooperative, your trusted electric co-op!

      Please browse this site to view our current service areas, internet packages and construction updates, as well as register your interest in receiving CDEC's broadband. We will contact you as soon as construction begins in your area. 


      What is CDEC's new broadband service? 

      CDEC’s new broadband service is the byproduct of the co-op's effort to improve the reliability, efficiency, safety and quality of electric service that CDEC provides. By upgrading how our distribution system communicates, the co-op can implement Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), a digital energy management system used to monitor, control and optimize the electric distribution system performance. This upgrade requires us to install fiber-optic lines and other high-speed internet equipment throughout our system. As we build this infrastructure and activate it, CDEC will offer internet to homes and businesses at speeds that meet and exceed the Federal Communication Commission’s current standard for broadband internet service.






       * For a limited time during construction in each area.


      How do I use this website? 

      Visit this site regularly to view our current service area map. That area will grow as we build our broadband service throughout Grants and elsewhere.
      If service is available in your area, your next step is to fill out the “Express Your Interest” form in the black box on the right-hand side of this page. By sending us your information, we can start the paperwork to sign you up for service. Completing the pre-registration process will reduce your time in our office, and help us expedite your service! 


      If service is not available in your area, don't worry, we're working on getting it to you! In the meantime, complete the Express Your Interest form to let us know you want service in your area. We'll contact you as we begin construction there.

          Where can I learn more?

          Visit the "Updates" tab, above, to follow our recent announcements, or visit our "Areas" tab to track construction progress.

          You can also give us a call a (505) 285-6656 or stop by our Grants office to chat with one of our friendly customer service representatives. 

          Check out who's already registered!


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          Update on CDEC’s New High-Speed Internet Service

          1:54pm February 8, 2018

          Your not-for-profit co-op’s internet service is now available to residents and businesses along West High Street and West Santa Fe Avenue and some households located on Water Tank Hill. Those interested in subscribing should register on this site, bookmark this page for future updates and regularly view the map for new service availability.

          By the end of the year, most of Grants will be able to subscribe. CDEC then plans to expand its broadband system into nearby areas such as the Village of Milan, Bluewater Village and San Rafael.CDEC offers symmetrical internet service that allows information to be sent at the same speed it's delivered, according to the co-op’s Information Technology and Broadband Project Manager Cesar Martin.

          “This is known as ‘symmetrical speed’ which has become desirable, and even necessary to take advantage of cloud-based backups, computing through cloud-based applications, gaming, high-definition video streaming and the increasing use of multiple devices accessing the internet, simultaneously. Our robust, fiber-based platform will enhance the users’ ability to utilize the internet for telephone and video/web conferencing,” he said.

          To put CDEC’s internet speed – and, more importantly, its need – into better perspective, according to the most recent Federal Communication Commission’s report, most rural Americans lack access to what is currently considered the benchmark for “broadband” internet speed. The FCC’s benchmark is 25 Mbps download speed, and 3 Mbps upload speed. The 2016 report found that 96 percent of the population in Cibola County did not have access to the FCC’s definition of broadband internet, which has become critical to the quality of life and economic development in the 21st century.

          “We looked at this from all facets and determined it’s an important investment for our communities and members. And, our co-op is best positioned to offer high-speed internet through fiber-optic connection,” CDEC CEO Robert E. Castillo said.

          CDEC’s effort is in step with a movement happening throughout the country. “Kit Carson Electric Co-op in Taos began a similar fiber-to-the-home project in 2010, and nationwide nearly 100 electric cooperatives are embracing the movement with growing support from our federal government. It’s a viable investment for a not-for-profit cooperative that owns the infrastructure, to improve its communities with these services,” Castillo said.

          Finally, as a not-for-profit organization, CDEC will reinvest margins from its internet service into the development and maintenance of broadband infrastructure and services throughout our local communities.

          What are internet speeds? What do they mean? And, why are they important?

          1:56pm January 30, 2018

          By now, most, if not everyone is familiar with terms used to describe internet data packages.

          Kilobytes (KB), megabytes (MB) and gigabytes (GB) are forms of digital storage. The more we have, the more we can download. Downloads are important when surfing the web, playing games and watch videos. Devices need a place to store all of this information.

          Similar terminology is used to describe the speed at which you can download and uploads these bytes of information.

          The speed of data transferred is measured in “bits.” Your download and upload speeds are how fast you can receive and send information. Typically, the starting point for speed measurement is “megabit per second” (Mbps). The more bits you have, the speedier your online activity should be. A megabit is one-eighth of a megabyte.

          Still with me?

          Let’s get down to how these numbers affect your online experience.

          Given that a megabit is one-eighth of a megabyte, it will take about eight seconds to transfer a 1 MB file, per Mbps of internet service you have.

          Say I have a connection of 1.5 Mbps download speed, and I want to download a picture. Of course, the size of the file will make all of the difference, and my favorite photo is nearly 4 MB in size. That means, with the 1.5 Mbps connection it’s going to take me almost a minute to download that picture.

          If I have a 50 Mbps connection, I can download about 50 photos in the same amount of time. Fifty pictures! I can also download a typical five-minute song in one second and instantly watch many of my favorite HD movies from my online streaming services.

          Ok, ok, I’m sure there are a few of you thinking, “I don’t download much, I just surf the web.”

          Well, I'm sure you’ve noticed every website is different; some are pretty much plain text, others have a lot of pictures, and increasingly many have videos. Your internet speed, along with a few other factors, also affect how fast a website’s pages download. And given that the average webpage is about 3 MB, it takes about 25 seconds for the average webpage to load on your screen with the 1.5-Mbps connection I mentioned earlier. A 50-Mbps connection loads that webpage instantly!

          So, what else can you do with internet speed?

          Assuming you have one device (TV, smartphone, tablet or computer) in the house, a 3-Mbps connection can allow you to watch standard definition (SD) videos with little buffering.

          With a 5-Mbps connection, you can experience high definition (HD) videos, but with the same inconvenience of buffering.

          To thoroughly enjoy uninterrupted HD and ultra HD videos on 4K television – the latest generation of tv – you need at least a 25-Mbps connection.

          Connectivity through super-fast speeds also dramatically improves multi-device connections. For example, on any given night, the kids can play on their smart devices or do internet research for that big school project; your teens can play the latest-and-greatest online video game; all the while, you’re streaming your favorite movie and winding down from the long day.

          Keep in mind that all of these devices simultaneously connected to your network ultimately slow down your connection.

          Internet service of 50 Mbps is ideal for a home with what has become basic needs for multiple devices. You can download an entire HD movie in just under 15 minutes, or stream SD movies and TV programming and still have sufficient speed for the rest of your household’s educational and entertainment needs. 

          A 100 Mbps service will enable you to do all of the above and more, but faster and on more devices. Download an entire HD movie in about 5 minutes. Have a gamer in your home? If so, the average video game is 20 GB, which will take just under 30 minutes to download with this connection.

          One final, but very important thing to remember is that CDEC’s broadband service offers symmetrical speeds, meaning you can send info just as fast as you receive it. This is what makes our fiber-to-the-home unique because most upload speeds in our market are delivered through other technology and at a fraction of CDEC’s download speed. Upload speed is essential to uninterrupted Skype/FaceTime (video calls) and other interactions online that utilize video. You can also upload all of your pictures to a cloud backup and collaborate on school or work projects, in real time.

          When thinking about internet speeds that will best fit your household, keep in mind what you’ll be using the internet for and how many devices you'll have connected at any given time.

          Here we go!

          1:15pm October 30, 2017

          CDEC’s mission to provide its members high-speed internet is taking off! 

          We are excited to announce that a small group of customers along West High Street and the north side of West Santa Fe Avenue are now eligible for service. 

          We continue to design the rest of our fiber-optic internet system and appreciate your patience, as the effort to build to your home or business requires a lot of planning, construction and infrastructure upgrades. 

          Your enthusiasm and excitement have been our driving force! If you're interested in our high-speed internet service, you can help by joining our list on this site. Doing so will enable us to contact you, as soon as we plan to bring service to your neighborhood.

          We’re one step closer, and we look forward to sharing our progress with you. Check back often to find out what we're up to and how much closer we are to bringing lightning-fast internet to you!


          How CDEC's new high-speed internet service came about

          1:40pm September 19, 2017

          Several years ago, some of our members asked us to explore the idea of providing high-speed internet to CDEC’s service area. So, we started to dig; and the deeper we dug, the more this idea made sense. Finally, in 2014, we decided to survey our membership and learned the need for high-speed internet was great and spanned across our service territory.

          During our research, we also learned that a high-speed, two-way communications backbone was essential for CDEC to run an efficient electric utility in the 21st century. By upgrading how our distribution system communicates, CDEC could implement Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), a digital energy management system used to monitor, control and optimize the electric distribution system performance.

          We started to work on the logistics of how we could accomplish SCADA and offer its byproduct:  Broadband. In 2016, our membership voted unanimously in support of a bylaw amendment to allow CDEC to offer high-speed internet. In the time since then, we have been working with other electric co-ops that have successfully launched broadband services, learning all we can to replicate their successes. And, we’ve been working with contractors to design our broadband network throughout the city of Grants.    



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          CDEC - Georgia Mathews

          10:22am February 9, 2018

          Georgia Mathews
          Campaign Owner

          Thank you for the kind comment and support, Frank! We are just as excited as you for this entire project. Please spread the word and invite people to visit this site and express their interest.


          CDEC - Frank Liebel

          2:16pm February 8, 2018

          Frank Liebel

          This is absolutely awesome!!! I'm so tired of dealing with anywhere from 2.5 to 7Mbps with DSL. Due to our distance from their CO, our connections here differ from day to day. I can't even imagine what it will be like with 100Mbps. My girlfriend told me it's like we're having a nerd Christmas! Thank you, CDEC! You have no idea how much this has been needed!


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