A new high-speed Internet service provider is coming to the Golden Isles.
LiveOak Fiber, a regional broadband service provider, is investing $60 million to build and operate a “next generation high-speed fiber optic network” in Glynn County.
The new network will bring service to underserved areas, ensuring access to affordable and reliable digital infrastructure for businesses and residents.
Ryan Moore, president and CEO of the Golden Isles Development Authority, described the broadband project as a “monumental investment”.
“Everyone from toddlers to tech moguls will be able to use this infrastructure to live and work at the speed of business,” Moore said.
LiveOak Fiber’s network will have a robust speed of 10G per second, the fastest speed in the country.
“Residents of Glynn County are underserved and lack the essential infrastructure and services needed to both support a growing population and attract new businesses,” said Jody Craft, President of LiveOak Fiber. “Building this much-needed infrastructure and services in Glynn County will truly be a game-changer. Effective, modern communications for education, healthcare, local businesses and residents will change lives for the better.
Construction will begin later this year with the first customers connected as early as February 2023. The company will create 50 new jobs in Glynn County over the next three years.
“We welcome business to Glynn County,” said Glynn County Commissioner Walter Rafolski. “Growth industries are a vital ingredient for the business community here. It’s also a great opportunity for unincorporated areas of the county to get internet service.
Rafolski said he sees value in adding more prospects and vendors to give citizens choice in service providers.
“Adding competition is always a plus,” he said.
Mathew Hill, executive director of the Brunswick Downtown Development Authority, said he’s delighted the business is located in downtown Brunswick.
“Fiber optic connectivity can bring great benefit to businesses of all sizes, delivering faster speeds, improved cloud access, reliability and bandwidth,” Hill said. “The availability of an additional fiber optic option will be a benefit to existing and new businesses and downtown residents who have the ability to telecommute.”
Ralph Staffins, president and CEO of the Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, said affordable internet availability has been an issue for years in Glynn County.
“This came to the fore during the pandemic when we saw all families become very reliant on internet options to support students through remote learning,” Staffins said. “I think the additional fiber optic internet option is a huge win for our community and I look forward to seeing how LiveOak Fiber helps improve the quality of life for residents of Glynn County.”