New broadband service for Baldwin County
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) —
A new broadband service is making its way to Baldwin County - commissioners here are excited about the possibilities it could bring.
The county already allows other internet providers the use of its right of ways - most are fiber optic internet providers. This new choice will add to the competition and hopefully provide better service to rural areas.
"Ours is a little bit slow I won’t mention any names about the provider but we have two choices here. I would like to have a third one that would be great," said Baldwin County resident Roseanne Gulisano.
It's comments like these that Baldwin County Commissioners have been hearing for months now. "It depends upon what time of day it is whether or not it’s fast medium or slow. That’s what i experience at my house," said resident Shirley Smith.
The county has now agreed to lease space on its 4 towers to "Point Broadband" - a wireless internet provider out of West Point, Georgia. It will pay the county a dollar per subscriber per tower.
"It's going to require more than our four towers to serve the areas they want to serve adequately," said County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey.
"We can't give any specific percentage of the county addresses we will be able to serve it’s too early," said Point Broadband CEO Todd Holt who spoke to us on the phone today.
More choices and increased competition - maybe even more wireless providers will introduce service to the county. Commissioners say this decision is about the future and the county's economic development.
"Not only for the people that live and work here, for the kids that are in school using technology with their chrome books. As well as trying to recruit industry here. The broadband capabilities and the needs across the county are important to folks trying to relocate here," said Dorsey.
Engineers are now looking at the specs to see what the county towers can hold. This new internet provider hopes to start offering service by June of this year.