On Thursday, March 10th, customers, employees, local dignitaries, and residents gathered to commemorate Tri-CoGo achieving it’s 1,000th customer, just one year after the announcement of its formation as Tri-County EMC’s broadband internet subsidiary. Attendees enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship, with music, complementary lunch from Agave Azul and Nu-Way, and celebratory cake on the Tri-County EMC office’s front lawn located in Gray.
Many stakeholders, including Tri-CoGo’s Chief Operating Officer, Greg Mullis, are excited to see the new company reach this special milestone. “I’m very proud of our employees, the contractors assisting us, and the way the community has supported us. We’ve come so far in just a year. To have reached 1,000 installs this quickly is a testament to the dedication of our wonderful team and to the demand from the community for broadband internet,” said Mullis.
In conjunction with celebrating the 1,000th Tri-CoGo Customer, the Jones County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the event, officially inaugurating Tri-CoGo as the newest internet service provider in Middle Georgia, now serving Jones County, and soon-to-be serving portions of Bibb, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Baldwin, Putnam, Morgan, and Jasper County. Haley Watson, Executive Director of the Jones County Chamber of Commerce, has high hopes for what fast internet could mean for the community. “Fast internet in Jones County opens up endless possibilities for growth,” said Watson, “With fast and reliable internet, Jones County can attract cutting edge industries and businesses. We can officially move into the 21st century.”
Tri-CoGo has already exceeded the expectations of many Jones County residents, including Fast Gig customer Christopher Rice, for which high-speed internet was not a viable option in the recent past. “I’m so happy with the faster internet speeds, given I work from home, and we only use streaming for our TV. We are consistently getting fast internet speeds unlike before, and there are no dead spots in the house,” said Rice. According to a Customer Satisfaction Survey, Tri-CoGo reported that 97% of all respondents are more satisfied with their Tri-CoGo internet service than they were with their previous provider.
Fiber Operations Manager, Joe Lightsey, has no doubts that Tri-CoGo will continue to excel in the ISP industry, as the company maintains its goal of installing 60 new customers a week. This month, the sixth zone in Phase 1 of the project will go live and 546 more customers will have the opportunity to “say no to slow.” Tri-CoGo’s fiber engineering consultant anticipates that crews will install the 500th mile of fiber before April.
“While reaching the 1,000th customer is exciting, we know there’s lots of work ahead of us, with thousands more still waiting to receive their service,” said Mullis, “We strongly encourage anyone interested to visit our website and pre-register.” Availability maps and a complete listing of Phase 1 zones with anticipated dates can be found here.