ACE Fiber is proud to operate according to the same set of core values that guide all cooperatives around the world. Just conduct a quick Google search for “7 Cooperative Principles” and you will see that almost every website for the 800+ electric co-ops in the United States highlights these principles.
The 7 Cooperative Principles are more than words to us…they are our identity. They provide the code by which we operate day-in and day-out.
Ultimately, the 7 principles boil down to one foundational fact: We care about community and service, not just about making a profit. We are your neighbors and along with you, we want what is best for our communities.
The 7 Cooperative Principles, which were adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance in 1995, are the fibers that weave together our mission. Together, they create a tightly bound cord of historical trust, transparency, and member ownership.
The 7 Cooperative Principles
1. Open and Voluntary Membership
Anyone willing to accept the responsibilities of the co-op is eligible to join. This means it doesn’t discriminate based on things like gender, race, politics, or religious affiliation.
2. Democratic Member Control
A cooperative is a democratic organization controlled by its members who decide how it’ll be run and who will lead it.
3. Members’ Economic Participation
All members invest in the cooperative. The members benefit from the co-op’s profits, not shareholders.
4. Autonomy and Independence
While raising money and making other business deals, the autonomy and democratic control of the members are never compromised.
5. Education, Training, and Information
A cooperative provides education, training, and information to members, elected representatives, and employees so that the members can contribute effectively to its success.
6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Co-ops believe that cooperation and working together achieve the best results not only for their members but also the communities in which they are invested.
7. Concern for Community
Cooperatives are community-minded. They contribute to the sustainable development of their communities through local investments and sourcing.
Members First, Because We’re Wired that Way
As an electric cooperative providing service to Alcorn County for over 85 years, ACE Power has relied on these foundational principles while delivering a vital service (electricity) to our members.
Using these same principles, we are uniquely “wired” to now provide another vital service (fiber internet) to bridge the digital divide in our rural communities.
Not only is our infrastructure wired to last with a modernized grid and competitive broadband speeds, but our cooperative team is “wired” to give Alcorn County the customer service it deserves.
When the power goes out, we pinpoint the problems with our innovative technology and get electricity running again quickly and efficiently. Similarly, when there is an issue with our members’ internet connection, we answer their calls with care and explain how the problem is being resolved with their needs in mind.
In everything, we do what’s best for our members because…well, we’re wired that way.
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ACE Fiber is committed to providing you with the speed you need and the service you deserve, no matter what. We’re just wired that way. Sign up for ACE Fiber today!