CHM Event

First Tuesday Talks

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Coos History Museum, Sprague Gallery

Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative: From Electrifying the Rural Frontier to Advancing High-Speed, Reliable Broadband on the Southern Oregon Coast presented by Brent Bischoff

Admission: Free for members or $7 for non-members – pay at the door.

The museum will be open 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM with the talk beginning at 6:30 PM.

Brent Bischoff is the General Manager/CEO of Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc. and CEO of Beacon Broadband Inc. Brent joined Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative in January 2019 and in 2020, became the Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Broadband, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the cooperative. Prior to joining CCEC, Brent served as an Electrical Engineer for the Bonneville Power Administration, the General Manager of Skamania County PUD, and Senior Manager of Power Delivery Engineering at Grant County PUD. Brent received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master of Engineering in Electrical Power Engineering from University of Idaho. Over the past twenty years, Brent’s energy sector experience has spanned engineering, operations, power delivery, and administration.  

Over 83 years ago, Ivan Laird, and the founding members of Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, identified that for-profit electric providers were unlikely to bring power to rural areas in Coos and Curry Counties. They took matters into their own hands and CCEC was born. Now, 82 years later, CCEC’s wholly-owned subsidiary Beacon Broadband, is bringing high-speed fiber to the southern Oregon Coast including the difficult areas that are unlikely to be serviced by the current for-profit internet service providers.

All events subject to change.