The Union Recorder

Local News

June 27, 2013

Lake area gets fiber optic boost

MILLEDGEVILLE — A rural based Internet, TV and phone provider is building a state of the art fiber optic network providing 7,500 Lake Sinclair community homes direct access to virtually limitless bandwidth.

Xcelerate Broadband took advantage of a federal grant and loan through the 2009 stimulus bill to bring the latest technology to underserved areas.

Currently, a planned 150 miles of fiber cable will serve Baldwin, Putnam and Hancock homes.

Xcelerate Broadband president Mark Wilson is familiar with rural Georgia through his company Bulldog Cable, which has been a local provider for smaller communities such as Dublin, Sparta, Jackson and North Baldwin for 30 years. This fiber build out is the first upgrade.

Once Phase 1 broadband goes live in September, Bulldog officially becomes Xcelerate Broadband.

Wilson said fiber optics is the future.

“This is the technology that Google is using to build out Kansas City, Mo.,” he said. “We can offer up to a 1 gig to every home.”

The all fiber network offers a dedicated link to every home. Wilson said fiber is more reliable because no electronic components can fail.

Xcelerate pitches symmetrical Internet speeds ranging from 5 mb/s to 100 mb/s depending on resident or business preference. The connection uploads and downloads at the same rate, so upstream speed is the same as download speed. 

Wilson said this comes in handy uploading photos to social media or videos for editing.

No cable modem or any other equipment is required. With the TV service, HD channels, wireless receivers and whole home DVR are free as well.

DVR records up to five channels at once and the wireless boxes let customers place TVs anywhere in the house.

The Xcelerate president said the fiber network’s pricing remains affordable.

“We don’t want to nickel and dime people,” Wilson said. “It’s all going to be different than what people are used to.”

Text Only
Local News
Poll
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday