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Northwest Georgia jumps on the fiber Broadband initiative. January 28, 2011

Posted by TelUS Consulting Services in CLEC catagory.
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Northwest Georgia is in line to get one of the most advanced, broadband Internet systems in the Southeast. In a presentation to the NGRC board, they were informed that  lines for the high-speed Internet service could start going in by this spring.

The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the $21 million grant for the Appalachian Valley Fiber Network that will cover Floyd, Gordon, Bartow, Chattooga, Polk, Walker, Dade, Paulding and Haralson counties in Georgia and Calhoun, Clay and Cleburne counties in Alabama.

Broadband is currently available to only about 50.5 percent of the households in the region, but extension of an existing fiber network would bring the service within reach of another 144,082 households and 8,327 businesses, according to grant documents.

A regional data center in Rome would be linked to facilities in Atlanta and Chicago, and the northern end of the fiber would terminate in Chattanooga.

David Howerin, NGRC planning director, has said that the commission spearheaded a public-private partnership that allowed the Appalachian Valley Fiber Network LLC to apply for the grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

This could be a major plus for a region loaded with manufacturing. Let’s hope they can extend fiber down to the customer level and bring broadband to the population of the region.

Joe Buck, N.C.E.

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