A “New Company” 80 Years In The Making
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, loan funds from the USDA Rural Electrification Administration (REA) enabled construction of rural electric cooperatives throughout the nation to serve the people and growing economies of rural America. LS Networks is owned by more than 60,000 citizen shareholders of four rural Oregon electric cooperatives. We owe our start 15 years ago to these shareholders and the rural businesses and individuals that saw an unmet need for internet connectivity in the Pacific Northwest. We have continued to grow ever since, providing top-tier broadband service to urban and rural communities alike. The core of our robust fiber optic network is laid over our shareholders’ electrical grid pathways. In a sense, we stand on the shoulders of pioneers, and we’re proud of our connection to those who pioneered before us.
CEC Resources, Inc. (holding company of Central Electric Cooperative)
Central Electric is one of Oregon’s member-owned cooperative electric utilities. CEC provides electric services to Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Grant, Linn, Wasco and Lake counties in Central and Eastern Oregon.
Rural Services Company (holding company of Umatilla Electric Cooperative)
Based in Hermiston, Umatilla Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit corporation created in 1937 and owned by the 10,000 members it serves in Northeastern Oregon’s Morrow, Umatilla and Union counties.
Hood River Electric Cooperative
The Hood River Electric Cooperative serves approximately 3,500 accounts owned by more than 2,300 members. The co-op aims to make electric energy available to its members at the lowest rate consistent with sound economy and good management.
Columbia Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of West Oregon Electric Cooperative (WOEC). The WOEC is owned by 3,600 members and governed by a seven-member board that represents each of the seven districts served.
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