Albertville first to welcome Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:05 am | Updated: 1:52 pm, Tue May 16, 2017.
By Taylor Beck The Reporter |
The city of Albertville held a ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating its groundbreaking partnership with Rainsville’s Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative, outside Albertville City Hall on Monday.
Albertville is the first city in Marshall County that FTC plans to implement its fiber optics network in, according to FTC CEO Fred Johnson. He said the plan is to start services within the U.S. Highway 431 – Highway 75 intersection and downtown Albertville, then branch out into Boaz and Guntersville.
“The long-range plan is to essentially cover most of the Albertville community, certainly as much of the business and industrial community as possible,” Johnson said. “It’s unquestioned that robust broadband capacity is an absolute must for robust economic and industrial development, and FTC is quite privileged to provide as robust a system you’ll find in the country and certainly within the state of Alabama. So that gives the economic infrastructure, as far as communications are provided, a basis upon which to build. There won’t be any communications needs in the areas that we serve that can’t be met by this network.”
Johnson said they are immediately accepting orders and expressions of interest for service delivery dates that will begin in mid-July to August.
Albertville Mayor Tracy Honea said he is enthusiastic about what this means for the future of Albertville.
“It’s, obviously, exciting to be the first city Farmers [FTC] comes into, other than their own,” Honea said. “It’s a big deal; a big day for Albertville. I know a lot of the industry is really excited just because of the high speed internet that that will offer to some of our industries, but we’ve got a lot of residents that are excited as well for the possibilities of what the future holds.
“We’ve got roughly 25 industries just inside the city limits and that doesn’t count businesses that will hopefully take advantage of what Farmers has,” Honea added. “Once they get going, I think there’s a lot of potential there. It’s exciting to see new things come; things that’s going to help people. Hopefully it’ll be good for not just Albertville but the whole community.”