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Cable, Internet coming to Corinth

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

High-speed Internet is just around the corner for residents of Corinth.

The city of Williamstown is putting the final touches on a new cable system for the southern end of Grant County.

Corinth residents are encouraged to attend an informational/signup meeting planned for 7 p.m. June 16 at the Corinth Community Center.

The service is courtesy of a $535,000 federal grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Williamstown matched the grant with $134,000.

“We’ve been after this for several years,” said Corinth Mayor Billy Hill. “The response for the many calls we’ve received has been nothing but positive. Most of the people wanted it yesterday.”

The project required construction of 25 miles of pole lines and will extend cable and Internet service into Corinth and New Columbus.

“This grant gave us the opportunity to increase our service area,” said Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner. “This would not have been possible without the grant.”

Corinth residents will be paying the same rates as Williamstown customers. The most popular package that Williamstown currently offers is $39.95 for basic cable and $39.95 for a 10 mg Internet connection. Other packages and additional channels are extra.

The grant process was extensive and required Williamstown’s cable employees to drive every road involved in the project and count each house and business. The project will serve 682 potential customers and connect to the Corinth City Building, Corinth Water District, Corinth Fire Department and to resident around Corinth Lake.

Williamstown has operated a cable department since 1984. It purchased Corinth’s cable system a few years ago.

Corinth’s cable system is antiquated. This grant will bring the latest technology to Corinth, which includes regular cable TV service, High Definition channels and high-speed Internet.

Hill said he sees the potential for businesses and residents.

“It’s going to open up some doors, say in the real estate market for our local Realtors to market outside the area.

“I just don’t see a downside,” Hill said.

Because the new service is fiber optic, it also allows a higher band width capacity as opposed to traditional cable lines. Traditionally to receive service, a house must be within 200 to 300 feet of a main line but with a fiber optic system the range expands to one kilometer.

Chuck Hudson, the superintendent for Williamstown Cable, hopes to test the system by the end of next week.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Hudson said. “As far as growth, the sky really is the limit. It will really open doors for Corinth as far as growth in that area.”

Williamstown has put together a brochure for Corinth residents detailing their options. As an incentive, Williamstown is also offering free standard installation to the primary outlet for the first 150 Corinth customers to sign up.

“This is cutting edge technology,” said Skinner. “It’s fiber to fiber, whereas the rest of our system is cable to fiber.

This is a great opportunity for us to extend service to areas that have never had cable or Internet service and we’re excited to bring it to the citizens of Corinth.”