The Atlanta Beltline could soon have zippy Internet connectivity — in addition to its speedy bike trails.
The City of Atlanta is considering lighting up the 22-mile corridor with "gigabit Internet" — ultra-fast Internet access via fiber optic cable. FTTP (fiber-to-the-premise) technology delivers Internet speeds of between 10Mbps and 300 Mbps. Internet speeds via coaxial cable connection, in comparison, typically ranges between 1Mbps and 6Mbps.
The Beltline is an ambitious redevelopment, transforming historic railroad corridors circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods with a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit.
Atlanta’s economic developers wants to drive commerce to the Beltline and hope high-speed Internet connectivity will lure tech, digital media and health care firms. Such businesses need to transfer large files electronically and stream high definition video and audio.
"The high-speed Internet access will support greater innovation and entrepreneurs," said Eloisa Klementich, director of business development with Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm. "The key is at what price."
Indeed, installing high-speed fiber optic cable in built-up areas is expensive because it requires tearing up streets to lay down the cable.
The Beltline, however, is undergoing major renovations and infrastructure upgrades, including the laying of pipes that will deliver electricity and other utilities. Those pipes could also carry the fiber optic cables, Klementich said.
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