The City of Elberton is moving forward with plans for another expansion of ElbertonNet.
A resolution was adopted during the Elberton City Council’s regular meeting on Monday, approving the 2013 ElbertonNET Expansion Plan.
Elberton City Manager Lanier Dunn says the expansion will begin where ElbertonNET’s services currently end at Athens Highway and Jones Ferry Road.
“We go west all the way to the Broad River, then head north up Nickville Road”, said Dunn. “Parts of Deep Creek Road, the Bowman Highway, and Hewell Road will also receive service.”
The project features a fiber to the home infrastructure as opposed to traditional coaxial cable, which is what has been used in the past by ElbertonNET.
“It will be more reliable, it will not have any metal or electronics along the way, so it will be less expensive for us to operate”, explained Dunn. “The technology has finally matured to where it’s cheaper to do fiber-to-the-home than coaxial cable.”
Approximately thirty-seven miles of fiber will be used in the project, and roughly five hundred and sixty homes will be eligible for service one construction on the expansion is complete.
Dunn says the project will hopefully help ElbertonNET surpass the three thousand customer mark.
“We currently have just under three thousand customers, we surpassed the 2,900 mark earlier this year, and we hope to have over three thousand customers before the end of 2013”, said Dunn.
Construction is expected to begin sometime in October, with the hope that service will be available to the previously mentioned areas sometime in December.