Middle Georgia EMC to expand high-speed internet in seven counties
Middle Georgia EMC announced plans on April 27 to provide access high-speed fiber internet service to all of its 4,800 members in seven counties, according to a MGEMC press release. The cooperative has selected Conexon Connect, the newly-formed internet service provider created and managed by rural fiber-optic network design and construction management leader Conexon, to lead the project.
The $36.7 million project will include implementation of a 1,900-mile fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network providing high-speed internet access to MGEMC members in Dooly, Houston, Macon, Pulaski, Turner, Wilcox, and Ben Hill counties in central Georgia. The project will offer Middle Georgia EMC members fiber internet upon completion, which is expected within two years. The first customers will be connected as early as the first quarter of 2022.
The fiber-optic network will offer members access to symmetrical gigabit internet capabilities (same download and upload speeds) – among the fastest and most robust in the nation. Additionally, it will provide reliable, clear phone service and enable the benefits of smart grid capabilities to the electrical infrastructure, including improved power outage response times, better load balancing, more efficient electricity delivery, and other benefits.
On May 10, Carroll EMC and Syncglobal held a ribbon-cutting for Phase I of their FTTH project, which was announced in 2020. When complete, the $40 million project will make high-speed internet access available to more than 10,000 rural Georgians in five western Georgia counties. To read more about the Carroll EMC project and rural broadband in Georgia, visit https://gfb.ag/CEMCruralbroadband.