Velocity, is powered by Butler Electric Cooperative, the people you already know and trust. Velocity is a grassroots movement that is empowered by you, our members. Velocity is now bridging the digital divide to bring high speed internet to rural Kansas through our fiber/wireless internet program.
How does the process work? It's Easy!
View our available packages by clicking the products tab above.
See which zones have met their goal for service, and view your community’s progress in the zones tab above. The construction plans are developed based on member interest in the form of per-registration.
Are you ready for high speed internet? Pre-register today, and share the news on Facebook or send your neighbors free postcards.
Stay connected, and view our updates and announcements.
Once an area is scheduled for construction we will add the map to the updates section.
Butler Rural Electric Cooperative Association was incorporated on July 21, 1938, and energized its first lines on February 15, 1940. From an original plant value of $146,000, we have grown to a plant value of approximately $57,000,000. We provide electric power to residential, commercial and industrial accounts in portions of Butler, Chase, Cowley, Greenwood, Harvey, Marion, and Sedgwick counties. Electricity brought many changes to rural America, replacing kerosene lanterns and literally bringing the farm out of the darkness. We were an integral part in making our nation's farms the best producing in the world, and we are very proud of our heritage.
Butler REC is owned by its members and governed by a Board of Directors elected from the membership by the members. We supply electric power to 7,000 meters through 1,850 miles of transmission and distribution lines and own 13 substations or delivery points. Through our membership in Kansas Electric Power Cooperative, we own part of the nuclear generating facility at Wolf Creek. This also allows us to have access to power grids, enabling the purchase of hydro-power, the least expensive power available, from the Southwest Power Administration. Our primary financing is done through National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation.
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A Digital Subscriber Line or DSL connection, uses the existing copper wire of your phone line to deliver high speed internet access. While not as fast as cable, this type of connection is incredibly faster than dial-up and suits the needs of most home users just fine. On top of being suitably fast, this type of connection also tends to be notably less expensive than cable, which is the main reason it has became such a popular option so quickly. One critical factor that will impact your decision on DSL is the distance between your home or office residence and the provider’s central office. The further you are from the main line, the weaker the signal, and the slower the connection. With that being said, DSL is not as widely available as cable so you will need to inquire with your local phone company regarding availability.
Though often confused with fiber, cable utilizes the coaxial cable that connects to your television set. In contrast to DSL, the quality of a cable connection does not depend on distance so your speed is guaranteed regardless. However, unlike DSL, which runs on a dedicated line, cable connections are typically shared among your neighbors, making it a slightly less secure option. As far as speed goes, cable access range from about 3 to 10 Mbps, which is essentially 3 to 4 times faster than DSL. Keeping in mind that this speed is reflected in the price, you should expect to pay a lot more for cable service.
Fiber optic offers many advantages over conventional copper cable lines. It is able to transmit data much faster over greater distances and because the cable is smaller in diameter and weighs less, it makes an ideal alternative for a wide variety of cabling solutions. Since the conductor is glass and cannot generate electricity, fiber is immune to all sorts of interference. This means that it can come in direct contact with high-voltage electrical equipment, power lines and lightning, all while still putting out a superior performance. Because fiber optic cables cost less to maintain, the price for service tends to be much less than cable and very competitive with DSL. The major downside to fiber is that service is only available in a few markets, so there is no guarantee that you will be able to find it.