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The Impact of High-Speed Internet Access

Share your story for a chance to win free Gigabit Internet for a year!

We are living in a time unlike any other, one that has clearly demonstrated the demand for high-speed connectivity, especially in rural communities.  It is our hope at Wave Rural Connect that your lives have been positively impacted with access to fiber to the home internet and that is why we are excited to announce a contest to win one year of free gigabit-speed internet!

Arkansas Valley Electric has been selected for the 2020 Conexon Internet Grant, a program to capture stories across Rural America and to hear how lives and businesses have been changed by the availability of high-speed internet. These stories will be judged to determine the most compelling story from Arkansas Valley Electric with the winner receiving free Gigabit Internet for a year.

Please consider sharing your story! The deadline to enter is March 31, 2021 at 11:59 (EST). Details to enter are below.

Entry requirements

Participants are asked to write a short essay (on the form provided on the landing page) on how high-speed fiber internet has changed their lives in one of the following ways:

  1. Education – Tell us about how having high-speed has equipped my child (ren) for remote learning success or helped me personally to further my education.
  2. Career Success and Opportunities – Are you able to finally work from home? Have you started your own business? Tell us about the impact high-speed internet access – with its flexibility, efficiency, convenience – has had on your personal and family life, and your professional one.

Essay Length: 300 words

Who’s eligible: Subscribers to Wave Rural Connect in 2020.

Criteria: Essays will be judged on how well the participant articulates the impact access to high-speed internet has had on his/her education or professional life.

Deadline: March 31, 2021, at 11:59 (EST)

Terms & Conditions

Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.

Wave Rural Connect secures over $45 million expand gigabit-capable broadband service

WAVE Rural Connect, the wholly-owned fiber subsidiary of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation, has secured more than $45 million through the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase I auction to expand its gigabit speed-capable broadband service throughout the co-op’s rural Arkansas territory and surrounding communities.

WAVE, which launched in 2018, currently offers fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) access to more than 45,000 homes in Arkansas Valley Electric’s territory and adjacent areas. The fiber provider will ultimately reach 100% of the co-op’s members.

The RDOF funds will enable WAVE to more quickly build out the network and provide residents with the educational, economic, community and lifestyle benefits of reliable and affordable fiber internet service.  WAVE’s deployment will eventually encompass 6,600 miles of fiber.

WAVE’s 100% fiber network offers ultra-fast speeds for both downloading and uploading. This symmetrical speed and the power of fiber allows multiple users and devices at the same time without loss of service quality.  This has become a necessity during the pandemic where the needs for reliable broadband – remote learning, working from home, staying connected with loved ones and virtual doctor visits – have become so critical.

“We have seen people leaving rural areas because of the lack of internet service, and that was before the pandemic,” Arkansas Valley Electric CEO Al Simpson said. “The need for reliable broadband is now a widespread critical issue. Without access to high-speed internet, professionals are unable to effectively work from home, children fall behind in remote learning and many are cut off from friends and family. Through WAVE, we are determined to change that one connection at a time.  We’re extremely grateful for the RDOF funding as it will have tremendous impact in the lives of rural Arkansas residents.”

Arkansas Valley Electric was a member of the Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium, a bidding entity of over 90 cooperatives coordinated and led by rural fiber-optic network design and construction management leader Conexon to secure RDOF funds. Overall, Conexon’s RECC was awarded over $1.1 billion, enabling electric cooperatives across 22 states to deliver world-class FTTH service to over two million rural Americans. The co-op also participated in the Conexon RECC’s previous generation in 2018’s Connect America Fund (CAF) II auction where it was awarded $4.7 million in broadband funding.

“Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative is a long-time Conexon client and we’re exceptionally pleased with its great success in the RDOF auction,” Conexon Partner Randy Klindt, said. “We’re excited to see the progress the co-op will continue to make in closing the digital divide in Arkansas.”


About Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation is a not-for-profit Corporation headquartered in Ozark, AR. District offices are located in Waldron, Van Buren, AR, and Pocola, OK.

AVECC  currently has more than 6,600 miles of distribution lines, 36 electrical substations, and more than 60,000 electric services.

The Cooperative was organized in 1937 by a group of farmers and businessmen from Crawford, Logan and Johnson Counties in west-central Arkansas. It has since expanded to eleven counties in Arkansas and three in Oklahoma.

About WAVE Rural Connect

Wave Rural Connect was created by AVECC in its ongoing efforts to provide sustainable development of the communities it serves. The AVECC fiber infrastructure will allow Wave Rural Connect to provide game-changing broadband internet at lightning-fast speed to every member.

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AVECC Shares APSC Order Regarding COVID-19 State of Emergency

At Arkansas Valley Electric, we are dedicated to keeping our members as our number one priority.  In March, we suspended service disconnections in hopes of giving our members a little relief during Covid-19. In April, the Arkansas Public Service Commission (ASPC) issued an order regarding utility disconnects statewide. As we continue living in this unprecedented time, we ask our members to review the order regarding the Covid-19 State of Emergency and how that affects utilities.

APSC Order Relating to the COVID-19 State of Emergency

Food Faves Roxie’s Stromboli


This week’s recipe is by AVECC Member Services Representative, Roxie Smith of Ozark.

“This is an easy go-to recipe that my family loves. Just pair it with a salad and supper will be a success!” Roxie Smith, AVECC Member Services Representative


  • 2 loaves for Rhodes frozen bread (thawed)
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/2lb hamburger meat (browned)
  • 1/2lb Italian Sausage (browned)
  • 4oz pepperoni
  • 6 slices Canadian bacon cut into quarters
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1-4oz Jar mushrooms (drained)
  • 1 small can sliced black olives (drained)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. In a large skillet, cook hamburger meat and sausage until brown. Drain.
  3. Roll the dough out on floured parchment paper into a rectangle. Roll out until thin or the thickness you like.
  4. Spread pizza sauce on dough.
  5. Layer with provolone cheese, meat, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, olives, and mozzarella cheese (or other desired toppings)
  6. Roll second loaf of bread out and place on top of the toppings and seal the edges together. Brush egg on dough and cut slits in the top.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Cut into squares. Serve hot.

NOTE: all toppings are optional

Fiber Internet is Ideal for Cord-Cutters

“Cutting the cord” is certainly a popular notion right now. However, when it comes to making the decision there can be lots of confusion and pitfalls with the move. It might feel like you are saying goodbye to all your old TV friends, or overwhelmed with a sea of options, or sounds like a way to save money. What to do?

Our goal at Wave Rural Connect is to help you decide whether to stick with traditional subscription TV or jump into the “stream”. We know we have the right service to support you no matter your call.

Making The Connection
The first step to “cutting the cord” is to have the right internet service. The three most important factors in video streaming are speed, latency (signal lag that causes freezing and pixelation), and data limits.

Fiber-optic connections do not have the distance and interference issues of traditional copper lines or satellite feeds.

Fiber-optic connections do not have the distance and interference issues of traditional copper lines or satellite feeds. Fiber is amazingly-fast and has extremely low latency. Last, fiber is the future of hard-line communications and will soon be the standard for the home or office.

Wave Rural Connect internet packages run over our all-fiber network. We offer services up to 1 Gigabit. So we have knocked out two concerns, speed and latency. But what about data limits and overages? Simple. We do not cap data or throttle bandwidth.

100 Mbps Fiber Internet: Great for small families who do general browsing, HD streaming, and light gaming.

1 Gigabit Fiber Internet: Excellent for large families who do heavy or 4k streaming, UHD gaming, and video uploads.

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