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Pineland Welcomes Cogentes to the Family

Pineland Welcomes Cogentes to the Family

Pineland is proud to announce the recent merger of Cogentes, an IT solutions provider offering expert support and down home service, and Pineland Computer Services.  Since 2007, Tom Glover and the team of computer technicians at Cogentes have worked diligently to provide IT support and technology solutions to business clients throughout the southeast and abroad, managing more than 2,000 machines with employees stationed throughout the state of Georgia.  Cogentes, headquartered in Milledgeville, Georgia, significantly expands the Pineland service territory.

In mid-year 2018, Cogentes began discussions with Pineland Telephone Cooperative, Inc., and its subsidiary Pineland Computer Services.  Pineland purchased Cogentes in late 2018, forming Pineland-Cogentes.  With this merger, Pineland-Cogentes will be able to serve the needs of businesses across Georgia and the southeastern United States offering managed technology solutions, support, and maintenance including hardware, software, and networking sales; network design and maintenance; managed, cloud, and hybrid backup solutions, data recovery and transfer; cyber security analysis and repair.  As a premier Microsoft Office 365 partner, the new team can perform installations and migration to all Microsoft Office 365 products.

The Pineland family of companies now includes Pineland Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Southeast Fire & Burglar Alarm Company, and the newly formed Pineland-Cogentes.  Commercial offices are located in Metter, Swainsboro, and Milledgeville, with an additional work center in Vidalia.

 Pineland serves over 1,300 square miles with its traditional Phone and Internet services in all or parts of nine-counties in Southeast Georgia.  In its 67th year, 100% of Pineland’s Phone and Internet customers receive their services via a dedicated Fiber-to-the-Home network offering Gigabit enabled Broadband connections. Southeast Fire & Burglar Alarm Company and Pineland-Cogentes can provide technology and security solutions across the entire southeastern United States. 

Pineland’s mission is to offer an outstanding customer experience through the efficient delivery of progressive technology solutions in the markets served. We will achieve this mission by applying our Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, Innovation, and a Servant’s Heart in everything we do.

Smart Rural Community Designation brings Collaboration Challenge Grant Award

In the summer of 2016, Pineland Telephone began the application process to become a Smart Rural Community, designated by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association.  Pineland was awarded, in late September 2016, the Smart Rural Community Designation due to its broadband deployment and the innovative use of that technology in the communities served.  By earning the SRC distinction, Pineland opened the door for Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge Grants.

The Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge Grant provides up to $5000 to support the development and deployment of innovative broadband-enabled solutions to support rural commerce, economic development, education, energy, healthcare, public safety or other community-oriented initiatives.  The application deadline was Dec. 1, 2016, with winners announced at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting and EXPO in San Diego earlier this month. Pineland Telephone was one of two winners in the nation, and was awarded just under $5000 to develop a wi-fi network in the newly remodeled downtown park.

All Collaboration Challenge Grants must have a matching element whether that be of cash or in-kind dollars.  
The re-development and remodel of the park allowed for the monies used for it to be considered the matching component.  Pineland worked closely with City Manager, Mandi Cody and Public Works Director Cliff Hendrix to determine what funding was used as the match and how wi-fi in the park could benefit the downtown area current citizens and visitors.  James Owens, network engineer, worked closely with Pineland plant managers Mike Purvis and Wayne Foskey to determine the most suitable option for wi-fi deployment in the new park.  Dustin Durden, Pineland general manager, traveled to San Diego with several board members for the award announcement.

Pineland’s goal is to have the park wi-fi deployed by this year’s Another Bloomin’ Festival which will be April 15.