WEDOWEE - At Thursdays workshop meeting of Randolph County Commission, commissioners heard some good news about broadband internet expanding in the county.
Bryant Whaley of Randolph County Economic Development Authority introduced David Ficken with Point Broadband. He said, "We have received approval from the FCC to move forward with installation of fiber-based cable that will provide broadband internet to parts of the county not covered by internet at the present time."
Ficken went on to say this is a $100 million dollar project with some $50 million provided by the federal government. He explained, "We have partnered with Tallapoosa River Electric and will use their poles to string some 5,000 miles of fiber optic cable, not copper, with over 60,000 passings."
He said work could begin in as little as 24 month, maybe sooner. "It's on the way," Ficken said.
Roanoke Mayor Jill Patterson Hicks addressed the commission at the close of their meeting on Monday concerning surplus property. Hicks said she knows the commission declared the CoreLinc building surplus and expressed her concern on the sale of the property.
"The company employs some 130 people that have no place else to go and work," Hicks said. "We have all types working there, and they need jobs. These are not just Roanoke residents, but residents of the county too."
She said she hopes the sale of the property would allow the business to stay open. "I just ask you to think about it," she said.
County engineer Burrel Jones told the commission that repaving work on County Road 87 will resume by Gary Ingram Paving as soon as soil tests are completed.