North Arkansas Electric Cooperative was incorporated in 1939 and just one year later, on June 6th of 1940, energized its first line. As an electric cooperative, NAEC is a private independent electric utility incorporated under the laws of Arkansas. We are owned by the members we serve and governed by a nine member board of directors elected from the membership, which sets policies and procedures that are implemented by the cooperative's professional staff. North Arkansas Electric Cooperative is one of seventeen distribution cooperatives located in Arkansas. Ranked 5th in the state, NAEC serves approximately 36,000 member accounts in Northern Arkansas. With over 4,500 miles of power line and 27 different substation sites, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative provides electric service in parts of eight counties. North Arkansas Electric Cooperative is headquartered in Salem, Arkansas and operates two other full service offices located in Ash Flat and Mountain Home.
NAEC is now bringing the next greatest thing since electricity to its members in north central Arkansas - fiber optic-based internet, telephone and television services through our wholly owned subsidiary, NEXT, Powered ...by NAEC. Through the creation of NEXT, NAEC has evolved from simply providing for its members’ basic needs of electricity to being a full-service provider of the most advanced broadband internet, telephone and television services available. Once the system-wide fiber network is complete, all NAEC members will have access to cutting-edge technologies and top-quality services.