Kinetic leverages $171M in ARPA grants for Georgia FTTP rollouts

Feb. 8, 2022
Kinetic will supplement the awarded grants with $133 million in private capital to complete the FTTP deployments.

Kinetic by Windstream says it will provide fiber to the premises (FTTP) infrastructure to 18 communities in Georgia. The partnerships are part of 49 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant projects the state’s governor, Brian Kemp, and members of the Broadband Infrastructure Committee announced February 3.

The awards total $171 million. Kinetic will supplement that sum with $133 million in private capital to complete the FTTP rollouts. The company says engineering work has begun and construction should ensue “soon.” The deadline for deployment completion under the program rules is the end of 2026.

The 18 communities Kinetic will serve and the number of sites affected are as follows:

  1. Baldwin – 751 locations
  2. Berrien – 4,737 locations
  3. Brooks – 3,749 locations
  4. Chattooga – 3,392 locations
  5. Colquitt – 7,448 locations
  6. Cook – 3,723 locations
  7. Early – 2,683 locations
  8. Habersham – 3,199 locations
  9. Lee – 4,234 locations
  10. Lowndes – 18,218 locations
  11. Lumpkin – 6,403 locations
  12. Stewart – 2,729 locations
  13. Terrell – 2,270 locations
  14. Thomas – 2,098 locations
  15. Twiggs – 2,034 locations
  16. Union – 8,256 locations
  17. Walker – 3,339 locations
  18. Walton – 4,084 locations

“This is very good news for residents of Georgia,” said Tony Thomas, president and CEO of Windstream. “Building reliable, ultrafast internet service in rural areas requires collaboration and public-private partnerships. These partnerships allow us to accelerate our deployment of fiber broadband throughout rural Georgia. We commend Governor Kemp and the committee for their leadership on this issue.”

“Through our partnership with several counties, we will deliver fiber internet Gig service to more than 83,000 Georgia homes and businesses,” added Michael Foor, president of state operations for Kinetic. “Since our employees live and work in the communities we serve, we join these counties in celebrating and look forward to seeing the benefits to the community that result from this investment.”

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Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director & Associate Publisher

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, DOCSIS technology, and more.

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