Hogansville seals deal with Charter Communications to bring in more internet access

Published 7:36 pm Friday, May 6, 2022

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HOGANSVILLE— A recent agreement between the city of Hogansville and Charter Communications could result in more internet access to some of the city’s underserved locations.

City Manager Jonathan Lynn said he previously met with Charter Communications, who supplies Spectrum internet services, on the city’s need for accessible broadband. Several weeks ago, Charter Communications returned his inquiry and stated the company would be interested in locating its broadband service to the city’s utility poles.

The Hogansville City Council consented to the agreement at its regular meeting Monday.

According to city documents, the agreement between Hogansville and Charter Communications, more formally called the “Pole Attachment License Agreement for Distribution Poles,” would allow Charter to begin the process of locating broadband infrastructure on Hogansville-owned utility poles.  Electric Cities of Georgia, as part of its service with the city of Hogansville, negotiates these agreements and has arranged for Charter to pay Hogansville $18 per pole per year. The $18 is for a rental fee, and Charter will not have any ownership of the pole itself.

Lynn said certain aspects of the contract with Charter Communications were still being analyzed and would need to be finalized before Charter’s work can begin.

In other business at the meeting:

The Hogansville City Council agreed to fund $27,000 for Diverse Power to install new lights in the city’s recreational tennis courts.

The city received two quotes to provide lighting at the tennis courts in Hogansville. One quote was provided to the city from Bryant Electric (via Troup County Parks and Recreation) and the other from Diverse Power. Quotes included providing lighting on six power poles in the quote from Bryant Electric with two lights per pole. Diverse Power’s quote included installing six poles with three lights per pole.

The cost for Bryant Electric’s services was $33,573 while Diverse Power’s quote totaled  $26,347.

Funding would come from SPLOST V recreation/park/trails category, which has a current unobligated balance of $354,486.