RICHMOND, Va. – Mapcom Systems, a VertiGIS company and global leader in telecommunication network management software, is pleased to announce Beacon Broadband and SEI FIBER have begun the implementation of Mapcom’s M4® Solutions Suite. Both electric cooperative-driven projects selected Mapcom’s software for its robust fiber management platform and interoperability with industry-leading business systems.
Beacon Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative (CCEC), which serves the beautiful southern coast of Oregon. Analysis performed by the cooperative shows an estimated 20% of its members lack sufficient access to high-speed internet. CCEC decided to fix this problem and created Beacon Broadband to bring the high-speed fiber experience where no one else will go.
“We know that broadband access is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity,” says Paul Recanzone, Beacon Broadband’s General Manager. “The vitality bringing fiber to our rural communities will inspire is tremendous. That’s why we chose Mapcom – we wanted to start with the right tools for the job on day one, with customer one. We’re confident that M4® will help us to launch and grow our business successfully.”
SEI FIBER is a division of Southeastern Indiana REMC that will bring fiber-to-the-home access with speeds ranging from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps to the cooperative’s members. Like Beacon Broadband, SEI FIBER is the result of a member-wide survey that confirmed a need for high-speed broadband internet service its seven-county service area – an area where private providers have yet to deploy fiber.
“Just like electricity in the 1930s and 40s, building fiber-to-the-home provides our members with a critical service that will make sure our community doesn’t fall behind,” says Ron Barnhart, GIS Coordinator. “Mapcom’s expertise in the industry will give us a leg up as we plan and build our network over the next four years.”
With M4® Beacon Broadband and SEI FIBER will be able to manage their new fiber networks thr
ough every phase – design, construction, and day-to-day operations and maintenance. Both providers will leverage M4®’s best-of-breed architecture to integrate data with other business-critical systems, like billing software, element management systems, and the GIS applications that manage their electrical grids.
“Beacon Broadband and SEI FIBER are both excellent examples of how the industry is evolving,” says Collin Granger, CEO and President of Mapcom Systems. “We’re seeing lots of organizations join the effort to bridge the digital divide in rural America, which is incredibly exciting. We look forward to partnering with Beacon and SEI for years to come as they expand broadband access in Oregon and Indiana.”
For additional information, please visit https://www.mapcom.com/smart-broadband/
About Beacon Broadband
Beacon Broadband is a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative (CCEC) which has been inspiring rural prosperity and enhancing its members lives for more than 80 years. Like CCEC, Beacon Broadband belongs to the communities we serve. We are here to provide new and innovative broadband services that close the digital divide between urban areas to the rural southern Oregon coast.
About SEI FIBER
SEI FIBER is a division of Southeastern Indiana REMC which has supplied electric power to its member-owners since 1939. The broadband project will connect more than 23,000 SEIREMC members in its seven-county service territory with high-speed internet service, bringing many benefits to the community like distance learning, telemedicine and job opportunities. The service is expected to launch in 2021. Learn more at https://www.seiremc.com/content/sei-fiber
About Mapcom Systems
Mapcom Systems, a VertiGIS company, is the developer of the M4® Solutions Suite and Pinpoint811™ – applications empowering communication service providers to combine data, automation, and fiber management tools to create a complete view of their network that fosters efficiency and growth. Mapcom Systems partners with communication providers around the world, but primarily those in rural America. Learn more at www.mapcom.com.
VertiGIS is a leading geographic information systems (GIS) solution provider and software developer. Its focus is the development of software solutions and services that help utilities, land management, public sector, energy, telecommunications, and industry customers build bridges between their business processes and location technology. The VertiGIS product portfolio is used by thousands of customers and millions of end-users around the world, and is designed to enhance the capabilities of leading mapping software, most notably Esri’s ArcGIS®. Major product brands include UT for ArcGIS®, the 3A product line, Geocortex®, GEONIS, ConnectMaster™, M4® Solutions, GeoOffice, WebOffice and ProOffice. Further information can be found at www.vertigis.com