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June 27, 2013

Lake area gets fiber optic boost



At the moment, fiber build outs are ongoing in the Stewart Drive and Meriwether Road areas. Aerial crews continually hang and bury cables in hopes of a mid-September launch to the Baldwin lake community.

Wilson said the fiber network construction would shift to the Hancock County shores soon after with their service opening by November.

The 150-mile fiber pipe connects directly to Atlanta. Wilson sees the fiber technology as “virtually unlimited.” 

Its capacity will mark Baldwin County as one of the few places in America with this new age network for residential and business use.

“It will be huge for the community. There are a lot of cities that wish they had this,” Wilson said. “We are going to have the opportunity to give it to folks, which is exciting. It’s evolving for the next generation.”

There could be future expansion plans for Xcelerate into other communities, but the current upgrades concentrate on underserved locations.

The federal grant restricted where the money was spent. Wilson said there are options to “take this network anywhere.”

Visit or call 1-800-388-6577 for service area and availability for Baldwin’s Phase 1. TV, Internet and phone bundle pricing are posted online.

The time is now, according to Wilson.

“There are people starving for Internet access and quality programming. It will be good,” he said.

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