TROY, AL – Troy Cablevision is set to receive a $26,068,284 grant to expand broadband service in Pike, Crenshaw, Coffee, and Dale counties, Congressman Bobby Bright announced today.
The grant is administered through the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) under the Department of Commerce.
For over a year, Congressman Bright has promoted this project to both the Administration and the communities it would affect in the Second District.
He has worked closely with Troy Cablevision during the application process. The grant is contingent upon Troy Cablevision agreeing to the terms of the contract.
“This is terrific news for Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale, and Pike Counties,” Bright said. “Broadband technology is the modern day version of rural electrification because it has the potential to bring economic development to rural America.
Through this project, consumers, businesses, schools, public safety entities will have access to an advanced broadband network, connecting them to the entire world at high speeds.
It’s an exciting and visionary project, and I congratulate Troy Cablevision for winning the grant. They are a more than deserving recipient and I look forward to seeing this project implemented.”
The Southeast Alabama SmartBand project will deploy a fiber-optic network to provide a critical new broadband route between Pike, Crenshaw, Coffee, and Dale counties.
Community-serving organizations- such as first responders, municipal governments, hospitals, and schools- in all four counties typically lack Internet access at the speeds necessary to provide key services like Next Generation 911, distance learning, and telemedicine.
Troy Cablevision has also formed a public-private partnership with the South Alabama Electric Cooperative to enable advanced “smartgrid” energy management services for 17,000 electricity consumers in Crenshaw, Pike, and Coffee Counties, significantly improving energy efficiency in the region.
The network plans to support economic growth by providing redundant rings, including two backhaul routes to Atlanta, enabling the high-capacity, reliable broadband capabilities required to attract major businesses to the region.
Southeast Alabama SmartBand also proposes to construct a new 130-mile fiber optic middle-mile backbone network with over 400 miles of fiber laterals to offer speeds between 1 Mbps and 1 Gbps to anchor institutions and other broadband providers in Alabama.
The project plans to directly connect as many as 140 community institutions to broadband.
As many as 127,200 people stand to benefit as do 3,600 businesses. In addition to the more than approximately 145 jobs Troy Cablevision estimates the project will create, it will provide a foundation for economic growth and job creation for decades to come.