Gigabit Internet service coming to Marshall County

Updated: Apr. 11, 2017 at 6:56 PM CDT
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(WAFF) - Three cities in Marshall County are next up to become "gig cities" with fiber-based Internet services. Crews are now working to bring the service to Albertville, Boaz and Guntersville.

The Boaz City Council agreed to sign a franchise with Farmers Telecommunication Cooperative Monday night.

Albertville and Guntersville are expected to do the same soon.

Just over two years ago, FTC announced their one gigabit per second Internet service would be available in DeKalb and Jackson counties, touting it was the fastest in the state at that time. Now, crews are running lines from DeKalb County into Marshall County to bring in the service.

But don't look for it to be everywhere all at once. FTC general manager Fred Johnson said they want to bring the service first to business and industry because they can help provide jobs. After that, it will be on to homes where there's high demand for their premium grade services.

"You know, they're moving as we speak, getting it set up. They're very excited. I think the ones that know, that really need that access is huge. Again, we're excited as a community to be able to offer this to our citizens as well as industry," said Albertville Mayor Tracy Honea.

Johnson said they hope to begin hooking up their first customers mid-summer.

A formal announcement is expected at a later date.

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