Fiber Optic Network
Our members are deploying more Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and enjoying greater flexibility to build distributed generation assets than ever before. With each new grid-connected device there are both opportunities and risks to the distribution system. Each interconnection that communicates openly across the grid creates an entry point for potential hackers on the network. That is why we are working with national experts to understand vulnerabilities, qualify potential vendors and develop a turnkey cybersecurity solution to protect the integrity of systems across the Valley.
In partnership with APPA and NRECA, we are sharing information about vendors and learning about distribution-level products and services. Through the collective wisdom of these national organizations, our peers nationwide and our members here in the Tennessee Valley, we are working to develop the most effective solutions for protecting member assets, systems, and ultimately the consumers they serve.
In preparation for launch later this year, we are working with APPA and NRECA to design educational materials and other tools to help our members identify system vulnerabilities and understand how to protect against them.
For more information about our cybersecurity solutions, contact Betsey Kirk McCall at email@example.com.
Fiber Optic Network
High-speed broadband is essential infrastructure for modern life and critical to the economic prosperity of communities throughout the Tennessee Valley. Still, for all of the promise it holds, communities in each of our seven states remain without fiber optic internet service. That is because many of our members – municipals and cooperatives alike – are challenged by the gap that exists between the practical need for service and the investment necessary to become a high-speed broadband provider. In the next several months, we aim to change that.
Seven States Power, through a member-led working group, is building a middle mile fiber network solution that offers all 154 local power companies a connectivity point to the Valley’s fiber optic backbone. Connecting to broadband infrastructure already established throughout the region minimizes the capital investment for our members wishing to bring high-speed internet to their business and their community.
Fiber interconnectivity enables new revenue streams through broadband services to those already connected to the electric system, while also offering business enhancements for the power company. Companies with fiber networks enjoy operational efficiencies through customer connectivity, load management, data backup, emergency communications and more while enhancing reliability for consumers.
Later this year, we expect to launch a multi-phase network build-out. Meanwhile, we are designing a consistent method of network connection and working with a third-party provider to develop a business plan and establish a level pricing structure for the Valley.
Seven States Power is uniquely positioned to move in and out of member territories, extending the fiber optic network and enabling you to realize your broadband vision.
For more information about our middle mile fiber optic network solution, contact Clint Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.