Grant & Loan Awards: Lumpkin County
BRIDGE grant funds will be used to support the implementation of a 260-mile open- access regional fiber ring. The project includes construction of 135 miles of new fiber which will connect to 125 miles of leased dark fiber assets to create a ring traversing 12 counties, providing service in 7 underserved areas (Lumpkin, Union, White, Dawson, Habersham, Rabun and Towns). The open network will bring Gigabit speeds and the reliability of dual route redundancy to 245 anchor institutions across the region including 152 government facilities, 82 public schools, 7 colleges and 4 hospitals while also supporting deployment of FTTH for +/- 24,000 households and businesses. OneGeorgia funds are requested to equip 39 Service Point of Presence facilities along the 135 miles of new fiber. Proposed architecture is state-of-the-art, including 2,600 interconnection points.
BRIDGE funds to assist a regional partnership in evaluating the feasibility and economic impact potential of extending fiber optic broadband from Forsyth County to Lumpkin, Dawson, White and Union counties. The evaluation includes completion of Georgia Tech's TechSmart Program as well as a detailed engineering and system design plan. The regional partnership believes that the North Georgia Network (NGN - pronounced Engine) has the potential to create a new technology-based economy for the North Georgia Region. Initial activities will evaluate high speed connectivity, network redundancy and multiple carrier criteria deemed critical for existing and prospective technology-based companies. Subsequent activities will include design, engineering and business modeling to test the feasibility of building and operating a North Georgia fiber optic network.
Equity funds for water infrastructure and road improvements to serve the proposed Timken U.S. Corporation relocation and expansion as well as to attract other industry to the area. The Equity funds would be used for water improvements of construction of approximately 2,000 linear feet of 12-inch water line, including installation of fire hydrants and isolation valves to facilitate future expansions. The roadway improvements will include construction of approximately 1,500 yards of paved roadway within the Red Oak Flats Industrial Park designed to support heavy truck traffic. This project will create 50 new jobs in addition to the 250 existing jobs.