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Internet network company making strides in Stockbridge
by Christine Fonville
October 31, 2013 11:37 AM | 990 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Community Broadband, a fiber-optic based network company which began in Savannah, is continuing to development in Stockbridge.

The $15 million network will provide high-capacity broadband Internet services to facilities in and around the city.

The company offers the latest in broadband Internet technology including a system which is 200 times faster than the national average, according to its website.

“The proximity to Atlanta and the airport added to our decision to locate our headquarters in the city of Stockbridge,” said owner and developer Allen Davis.

The company came to an agreement in May with the city and has since then opened its regional headquarters at 119 Davis Road.

Allen said the partnership and decision to build within the city started with a phone call to Business Development Director B.J. Mathis.

He said the Downtown Development Authority, which aims to bring more businesses to and build up the downtown area of Stockbridge, assisted with the process as well.

“Our relationship evolved from there through Mayor Mark Alarcon’s leadership supported by the council and City Manager David Milliron, so it was truly the team effort of Stockbridge administration which caused us to elect to proceed with establishing a partnership with the city,” he said.

In a statement on the city’s website, Milliron said “zero taxpayer money is being used to fund this project.”

So far the company has met with more than 200 government, education and business participants to determine Internet service level needs and requirements.

At a mayor’s breakfast event last month, Alarcon said businesses like Community Broadband who show interest in the city bring employment and economic opportunities.

“My goal is for Stockbridge to be a welcoming, business friendly community and we’re excited to have this partnership,” he said.

What's next? A network operations center will be established and open at 131 Burke St. next year.

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