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High-speed internet a possibility in Meansville

Around 60 residents in the Meansville area who live along Highway 109 and along the part of Highway 19 connecting east and west 109 were asked to sign easements to allow for the possibility of future high-speed fiber internet access. Citizens signed easement agreements March 19 and March 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and an upcoming session has been set for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Those who need to sign at a different time can call Meansville City Hall at 770-567-3258 to set up a time.

“Conexon wants to bring fiber into Meansville, but they need help getting right of way permission from everybody to be able to pull it all through. They need our cooperation to get that done,” said city clerk Jerome Finley. “It’s a non-invasive installation, they just peel back the top layer and drop the line and then replace what was growing there. They won’t be using backhoes and moving a lot of dirt.”

Connexon presented council members in November with diagrams and showed them what connection boxes would look like as well as how they would be installed. Because they will not be able to use the power poles in the area that are owned by Georgia Power without paying per pole, the fiber would be underground. Grant funds will help the companies provide high-speed internet in the city of Meansville and other areas where it is not available – possibly extending all the way along Highway 109 to Highway 19 and then south.

“The fiber lines will all be underground, but they will be using techniques so that they will disturb the ground as little as possible,” said Finley. “They will use a device that folds the ground back about 12 inches so that they can install the fiber and then fold the ground back in place with minimal damage.”

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