Officials Announce Public–Private Partnership with Kinetic
Some 3,400 homes, businesses and schools in Chattooga County will be able to get high-speed fiber internet for the first time, due to a $10.3 million public–private partnership with broadband provider Kinetic, officials said.
The project is to provide fiber internet to eligible homes and business in the county, including areas in Summerville, Trion, Lyerly and Menlo.
Under the partnership, the county will use about $3.1 million in state grant money from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program, part of the federal American Rescue Plan.
Kinetic will invest $7.2 million and cover any cost overruns.
The combined venture will enable Kinetic to lay 320 miles of optical fiber cable to bring high-speed internet to residences, businesses and schools, with work expected to be completed next year.
“I applaud Kinetic and Chattooga County for investing together, in partnership, so that some 3,400 homes and businesses in this great county benefit from fiber broadband,” U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, said in a statement for a town hall forum announcing the project Tuesday evening, Aug. 15.
“High-speed internet, like we’re getting here, is a necessity in today’s world, and the combined investment of Kinetic and Chattooga County will ensure that more and more people here benefit from fiber broadband,” she said.
Kinetic’s ultrafast fiber-optic broadband lets users download and upload, equally both directions, at up to 1 gigabit a second, or 1,000 megabits a second, providing what is known as “next-generation access.”
The median download speed in Georgia is about 178 megabits a second, and the median upload speed is about 24 megabits a second, Ookla’s Speedtest indicates. Ookla compares internet data speeds across the country.
“I am very happy for this world-class telecommunications upgrade that will benefit communities across Chattooga County,” state Sen. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, said at the town hall.
“High-speed internet is a key part of our plan to build a better Georgia and a better Chattooga County,” Moore said. “It allows Georgians to stay connected with school, healthcare services and family, and is critical to the success of our state’s economy and to future job creation.”
State Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Rome, said: “Broadband has become an integral part of our daily life. Access to reliable service is becoming a necessity for all of us. The challenge of providing access in the rural parts of our state is very real.”
“This partnership signals the start of new possibilities for Chattooga County,” he said. “Technology is ever evolving, and this county deserves broadband that will handle current and future demands. Chattooga County is fortunate to have a community partner like Kinetic providing the best solution to connectivity for our residents and businesses.”
Kinetic Georgia operations President Michael Foor said: “We at Kinetic are thrilled to bring our ultrafast, reliable fiber connectivity and best-in-class internet experience to homes, businesses and schools here in Chattooga County. This important county deserves exceptional internet, which will meet the county’s evolving demands for business, educational and personal use.”
Households and businesses may visit GoKinetic.com to find out if they are eligible for a speed upgrade and learn how Kinetic can meet their needs. They can also visit or call the Kinetic Connection Center retail store at 615 S. Thornton Ave. in Dalton. Its phone number is 706-279-7000.
Kinetic’s Chattooga County fiber project is part of a $2 billion multiyear capital investment strategy by Kinetic to dramatically expand gigabit fiber service across the company’s 18-state footprint.
Kinetic’s superfast, reliable fiber connections in Chattooga County empower residential customers to gig speeds to navigate the internet safely from home with no lag times while they work, participate in virtual classrooms or stream entertainment services. Businesses from small to enterprise size can take advantage of the fiber-backed network to deploy solutions that make their companies more efficient and profitable such as OfficeSuite UC® and SD-WAN.
To learn more, visit GoKinetic.com.
Kinetic by Windstream is a business unit of Windstream Holdings, a privately held communications and software company. Kinetic provides premium broadband, entertainment and security services through an enhanced fiber network to consumers and businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. The company also offers managed communications services, including SD-WAN and UCaaS, and high-capacity bandwidth and transport services to businesses across the U.S. Additional information is available at GoKinetic.com. Follow us on Twitter at @GoKineticHome.
Scott Morris, 501-748-5342