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Posted on: January 25, 2024

Comcast Broadband Update

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December 5, 2023

At the December 5, 2023 Commission meeting, Comcast representatives shared an overlay of the Comcast project compared to a Gordon County map.

September 19, 2023

On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, Gordon County received the following update from Comcast concerning the Broadband Project:

Dear Gordon County Commission,

We are excited to announce that construction to connect Gordon County has officially begun and are looking forward to connecting the families and businesses throughout the county.

At present, we are still working internally to provide a repository of addresses that will be serviceable in the Gordon Community through the xfinity.com/MyTown, and we thank you for your patience throughout this process. In the meantime, we are working with our marketing team to create content that Gordon County can post to their website to help inform constituents.

We would also like to provide you with additional updates to share as you see fit. Construction has officially begun in Housing Boundary 1, and once completed, will move to Housing Boundary 2 (maps attached). In an attempt to provide context for residents, we have also attached descriptions of the general area of the boundaries based on businesses, landmarks, and roads in Gordon County:

Housing boundary 1 is located northbound of I-75 and includes its Northbound Rest Area. Highway 41 also runs northbound through the boundary and the boundary is located approximately 1.4 miles directly south of the Adairsville Buc-ees.  Businesses and landmarks located within the boundary include: CFL Flooring, Momeni Inc. The boundary is located near (<1 mile), but DOES NOT include Salem Baptist Church, Walden Haulin, Magnolia Underdecks, Smith Equipment, and LX Hausys America, Gordon County Fence, Hometown True Value.

Other references for housing coverage: The northwestern corner begins on Darby Rd and continues south to US 41 and heads east at Johnson Rd. The Housing also includes Sprin Hill Rd and continues along Trimble Hollow Rd and ends about 0.5 miles south of Bearden Lake Rd.

Housing boundary 2 is located approximately 0.55 miles north of Magnolia Creek Farms and Highway 140 (east/westbound).  Businesses and landmarks within the boundary include Plain View Baptist Church, Erwin Hill Church, and, in the northeastern “bulb” portion of the boundary, Pop’s Pride BBQ and North Georgia Surveying. The boundary is located near (<1 mile), but DOES NOT include Alumbaugh Custom Cabinetry, Jula Fields, Thomas Concrete and Mini Rd SE area.

Other references for borders of the boundary: Southwestern corner of boundary begins just above Siniard Rd and Green Loop Rd cuts northbound through the middle of the boundary. Other roads part of this housing are: Aspen Way, Dempsey Loop Rd, E Plainview Rd, Dutton Community Rd, Blalock Rd, and Erwin Hill Rd.

Lastly, we have met with and been reaching out to potential community partners, including Gordon County 4-H, to identify potential Lift Zone opportunities and other community engagement initiatives following project completion.

Thank you again for your continued support, please let us know if you have any additional questions and we will address them as best we can.

Thanks,
Atiyah Kennedy
Senior Specialist, Government & Regulatory Affairs | Big South Region

Housing Boundary #1

Housing Boundary #2

February 7, 2023 Administrator's Report

County Staff, Chairman Owens and Vice Chairman Cunningham hosted Comcast representatives on February 3rd for an update on the County initiative to bring broadband to all unserved areas of Gordon County. Since receiving the grant award in early January, Comcast and the State have been working through the necessary contracts for grant administration and execution. The contracts are supposed to be signed this week. Because Federal money is involved, a formal RFP (bid) process must be followed for all contractors working on the project. This process will take at least 60 days. So that means construction will not begin until the RFP results are in and contracts are signed. Comcast was selected by Gordon County to establish high speed broadband service to all feasible locations. The selection of Comcast was made after an advertised public proposal process. Comcast was the only internet service provider to submit a proposal after ATT and another declined the opportunity. There has been some discussion on social media expressing concern that the government does not need to be in the ISP business. Gordon County will not be an internet service provider. Our role is to use the Public Facilities Authority as a pipeline for the permissible use of ARPA funds to bring broadband to areas that do not have it. Without government incentives, these areas would continue to be unserved because there would not be enough return on investment to the ISP due to distance and low population density.

November 15, 2022 Administrator's Report

Administrator Ledbetter spoke with Andy Macke at Comcast today for an update on our broadband project. Comcast has applied for a State Grant to offset the costs of the project to bring high speed internet to all unserved areas of Gordon County. Mr. Macke reminded me that we are on hold pending a State determination for funding because State grant dollars are not available for a project already under construction. That being said, Mr. Macke assured me that Comcast is ready to begin construction immediately upon announcement of award from the State. He also stated "we [Comcast] are expecting to complete the first round of extensions in February 2023."

June 21, 2022 Administrator's Report

Commissioner Cunningham and Administrator Ledbetter met with Andy Macke, Vice President of External Affairs for Comcast, to review progress on the initiative to bring broadband to unserved/underserved areas of Gordon County. Comcast has had engineers working throughout the county over the last several months to assess needs, availability of sufficient poles and other concerns. As a result, the design process is complete and permitting requests have begun. To move forward, Comcast is obtaining or will need to obtain permits from Cities: Resaca, Calhoun, Ranger, Fairmount and Plainville. Power Companies: North Georgia Electric, Georgia Power, Calhoun Utilities, and Amicalola EMC. Telephone Companies: AT&T and Windstream as well as GDOT, Norfolk Southern RR and CSX RR. Gordon County hosted a meeting of these entities in April to begin the permitting process. Comcast states that it will commence the build out process as permits are obtained. Comcast is also running fiber to outlying County facilities and will be establishing Wi-Fi at County Parks. Commissioner Cunningham has requested for Comcast to create a Public Information website to show pertinent information as we move forward. Enhanced service to some unserved homes could begin in October.

June 7, 2022 Administrator's Report

County Administrator will receive a progress report from Comcast on the broadband project later this week. Administrator Ledbetter will include that information in my administrator's report on June 21st.

March 15, 2022 Administrator's Report

Administrator Ledbetter is scheduled to meet with Comcast team members on Monday, March 21st regarding our initiative to bring high speed internet access to unserved and underserved areas of Gordon County. Anticipated topics of conversation include: Status of engineering; construction timeline; community communication and engagement; permitting; and, utility partnerships. North Georgia EMC met with Keith King and me to introduce its willingness to partner with service provider(s) and Gordon County as part of our broadband initiative.

February 15, 2022 Administrator's Report

Administrator Ledbetter received an update from Comcast on the Broadband project. Comcast reports that its engineers and staff have been in Gordon County actively studying and planning for implementation of the broadband expansion. This is one of the first phases for engineering and is a step towards the goal of expanding access to high speed internet in the county.

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