More than 67,000 households in the area are expected to benefit from cable upgrades by internet service provider Windstream by the end of 2017.
The company announced last month that it has completed the first stage of cable updgrades in north Georgia, enabling more than 6,000 households in Blairsville to have access to up to 100 megabits-per-second (Mbps) internet speeds.
According to a May 30 press release, after completion of the project, Windstream, which bills itself a leading provider of advanced network communications, will have upgraded eligible customers across 13 communities in north Georgia, including Dawsonville, Blairsville, Hiawassee, Young Harris, Helen, Homer, Cornelia, Commerce, Jefferson, Clarkesville, Nicholson, Dahlonega and Cleveland, as well as Hayesville, N.C.
"We are working hard to give our customers in north Georgia an enhanced internet experience," said Jarrod "J" Berkshire, president of operations for Windstream in Georgia. "Many of our employees live, work and raise their families in north Georgia, and they are working tirelessly to make faster speeds and more reliable service available to customers. While we still have a lot of work ahead, this upgrade represents a significant milestone and testament to their hard work and Windstream's commitment to the north Georgia community."
With 100 Mbps, eligible north Georgia residents in these communities will be able to download a 1 GB HD video in as little as 1 minute, 25 seconds; download a high-quality full-length album in as little as 4 seconds; download 100 hi-res photos in as little as 16 seconds; play games online with less lag and enjoy almost seamless video chatting, according to the release.
Small businesses and residents in 15 north Georgia communities are also expected to benefit from an "initial rollout of ultra-fast 1-Gig internet service," according to a June 13 press release.
The 1-Gig Internet service will be available to eligible customers in Dawsonville, Blairsville, Byron, Clarkesville, Cleveland, Colbert, Dahlonega, Haddock, Jasper, Jeffersonville, Lakeland, Milledgeville, Noble, Pendergrass and Springfield.
"We're extremely proud to share that Georgia represents one of the first five states in the Windstream footprint to have access to our ultra-fast 1-Gig internet service," said Berkshire.
"Many of the investments and infrastructure upgrades we set in motion years ago are in the final stages of completion, which is now allowing us to roll out faster and more reliable internet speeds across north Georgia. While 1-Gig represents a significant milestone, we're excited to say that there is more progress to come in 2017."
Windstream's 1-Gig internet service is currently available in Lincoln, Neb., Lexington, Ky., Sugar Land, Texas and seven North Carolina communities.
With 1-Gig, north Georgia residents and small businesses in these communities will be able to experience ultra-fast speeds and gain access to music, TV shows and HD movies in seconds, according to the release.
"For example, users will benefit from 1-Gig download and upload speeds, allowing them to download 100 songs in three seconds or an HD movie in just seven seconds, significantly faster than services currently available in these communities," the release states.
Windstream plans to continue its deployment of faster speed technologies in additional North Georgia communities throughout 2017.
For updates on upgrade completions and eligibility, please visit www.windstream.com.