22: Broadband Connectivity Enhancement Project

Broadband Connectivity Project On-Demand Video for Survey

The on-demand video is available below and runs for approximately 11 minutes. It provides information about the project and steps for taking the broadband survey.

SPLOST 2020 Broadband Connectivity Project Survey & Speed Test Open for Residents through Sept. 30

ACCGov is working with an engineering consultant to research and assess internet service throughout the community. The assessment is part of the SPLOST 2020 Project 22 Broadband Connectivity Enhancement Project that is designed to assist with the process of implementing and providing for the enhancement of broadband connectivity throughout Athens-Clarke County. 

Part of the research includes a public connectivity and broadband survey available through www.accgov.com/speedtest. Residents are encouraged to take the survey, which is currently live and runs through September 30, at their homes. 

The survey will help gather information around Athens-Clarke County about technology needs, costs related to existing and future Internet services, resident satisfaction with services, and lack of internet options. If a resident is connected to the internet through a broadband connection, the survey will also perform a speed test of their existing connection. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. 

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Project Statement

This project will provide funding to assist with the process of implementing and providing for the enhancement of broadband connectivity throughout Athens-Clarke County. Depending upon costs and funding availability, and to the extent allowed by law, this project may include, but not be limited to, the following: providing broadband connectivity for governmental use; construction of a high speed wireless network loop around the county to provide high speed broadband access to the Internet for citizens of Athens-Clarke County; land acquisition, design, construction, and other related costs for building out the infrastructure and incorporating it into the Unified Government workflow; providing Wi-Fi connectivity in the downtown area and targeted advertisements for business development; connectivity enhancements to increase phone and/or internet service geographically in Athens-Clarke County; and partnerships with local, regional, state, federal, and/or private entities. Additionally, to the extent allowed by law, funds may be used as matching funds for leveraging grant opportunities.

Estimated Cost:  
SPLOST 2020 Budget
$6,460,000
Estimated Annual Operating Impact
$426,000

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