The city of Dawsonville is testing a new technology system designed to give residents additional Internet options.
"We've noticed a lot of people in Dawsonville - and we've experienced it ourselves - that either don't have access to Internet or their Internet quality is not what they need and there are no other options currently available," said Councilman Chris Gaines.
While the city is on the North Georgia Network, now known as Trailwave, only nearby residents and business have access to the fiber optic system that runs from Atlanta along the Ga. 400 corridor. Trailwave also supplies Dawson County Schools with Internet.
Gaines said a second option for an Internet network was explored after the city was approached by a major business.
"Originally, Atlanta Motorsports Park wanted to run that network out to their facility," Gaines said. "The wired fiber proved to be too costly to run out to the park, but there is technology now where they can run a highly concentrated wireless feed that runs from one tower to another."
ABT Wireless, a locally-owned wireless Internet service provider out of Cleveland that uses Trailwave's network, began work with the city to provide se vice to the motorsports park.
"Charlie Auverman [executive director of the Development Authority of Dawson County] sent ABT Wireless over to talk to us about the motorsports park," Gaines said. "In that conversation, we started talking about other Internet options we could provide to the citizens of Dawsonville."
The provider said it could deliver high-speed Internet through a system of antennas and relays.
"When we design a system, we do it to be community specific," said Rich Tarpley, president and CEO of ABT Wireless. "By using the fiber optics as the backbone, we have loads of bandwidth available.
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