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community calendar


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Events and dates are subject to change.


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FEBRUARY 14


CO-OP NEWS


Rattan Broadband Center closes Better Internet makes center services obsolete


T NewYear’s Day.


CEC offices closed for the holiday. To report a service problem, please call 800-780-6486.


AARP class with Gentiva Health provider, Hugo 580-326-6486 Martin Luther King Day


Atoka Fire Truck Parade and Festival 580-889-1082


Valentine’s Day


MARCH 23-24 Early Bird Bluegrass Festival Choctaw Co. Fairgrounds, Hugo 580-326-7511


he success of Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) and Valliant Telephone Company’s high speed Internet service is prompting the


closing of at least one of Choctaw Electric Cooperative’s community broadband sites.


CEC officials said the broadband center in Rattan will close effective January 1, 2012. Broadband centers in Smithville and Haworth will remain open for the time being.


CEC’s Community Broadband Centers in Haworth, Smithville and Rattan were established in 2005 with a two-year federal grant that aimed to bring high speed Internet to underserved rural areas. Visitors to the broadband centers are able to use on-site computers and Internet service for business or personal use at no charge.


While the Rattan center has been popular among local residents, the need for its services has greatly diminished since CEC and Valliant Telephone brought wireless Internet service to the area.


Birthday Greetings to CEC Employees


JANUARY 3


5


11 15 17


Johnathan Adams Elliot Fenley Larry Cody


Shonda Hendon Richard Standridge


20 Mike Knox 23 25


Jake Phillips Jennifer Boling


Bill Cycle Reading Date Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4


Jan. 1 Jan. 8


Jan. 15 Jan. 22


Co-op officials said the centers were intended to “fill in the gap” until improved Internet service became more available.


More than 500 subscribers have signed up for wireless Internet service since CEC


Please see your electric bill for the current Power Cost Adjustment. JANUARY


Meter Reading and Billing Dates Billing Date


Jan. 12 Jan. 19 Jan. 26 Feb. 2


Due Date Feb. 2 Feb. 9


Feb. 16 Feb. 23


Note to members: For your convenience, the billing chart above also includes meter reading dates. Keeping track of the meter reading dates allows you to evaluate your electrical usage over a precise billing period. We hope this will clear up billing questions.


The Rattan Community Broadband Center will close on January 1, 2012.


and Valliant Telephone kicked off the program in November 2010. The service costs $29.99 per month plus tax, with a one-time installation fee of $350. Co-op members pay only $200 for installation.


The wireless service area covers much of CEC service territory and continues to expand.


To find out if wireless Internet is available in your area, please call CEC at 800-780-6486.


If you would like to sign up for wireless Internet service, please stop by your CEC office in Hugo, Antlers or Idabel and fill out a service and installation application. Applications are also available online at www. choctawelectric.coop.


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