April 19, 2016

Ozarks Electric Cooperative Announces Telecommunications Subsidiary; Names Randy Klindt General Manager

Fayetteville, Ark. – Ozarks Electric Cooperative today announced the creation of OzarksGo, LLC, a 100% owned telecommunications subsidiary offering high-speed Internet, television and telephone services to subscribers in northwest Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma.

OzarksGo will offer subscribers access to all-fiber gigabit Internet, reaching speeds of up to one gigabit per second download and upload, with no data limits or restrictions. Premium television and telephone services will be available as well.

Randy Klindt has been named general manager of OzarksGo, and will oversee operations, including construction and ongoing management of the business.

“The formation of this subsidiary is incredibly exciting for all of us,” said Mitchell Johnson, president/CEO of Ozarks Electric. “I believe we are in a unique position to continue fulfilling our purpose, offering members access to tools, like high-speed Internet, that can truly empower them to improve the quality of their lives.” 

Johnson continued, “In addition, I am thrilled that Randy will be leading this project. His unprecedented success in the telecommunications field speaks for itself.”

Over his 20-year career, Klindt has amassed a great wealth of knowledge and experience in the telecommunications industry, most recently serving as general manager of Co-Mo Connect, a subsidiary of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, in Tipton, Mo.

Under Klindt’s leadership, Co-Mo Connect launched the first gigabit residential service in rural America in 2014 and has become the standard of rural fiber optic builds. It was also the nation’s first privately funded cooperative telecommunications initiative to serve every one of its members, with more than 14,000 current subscribers.

“For far too long, this area has been plagued with either a lack of true broadband availability or lack of reliable and affordable service. This project will bring real broadband to some area residents and businesses for the first time, as well as introduce real competition in speed, reliability and price to a region held captive by large national carriers,” said Klindt.

Klindt continued, “I am extremely excited for this opportunity. Not only will the Internet we provide be the fastest available anywhere in the world, it will be delivered with the Ozarks Electric tradition of reliability, affordability and excellent service.”

Members are encouraged to visit OzarksGo’s website at www.ozarksgo.net for further updates. More details will be announced at a later date.

Ozarks Electric, incorporated in 1938, is a member-owned electric cooperative, serving more than 70,000 meters across nine counties in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. For more information about Ozarks Electric, visit the cooperative’s website at www.ozarksecc.com.

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