Hargray Fiber Extends Fiber Internet Service to Tifton, GA
The residential expansion is part of a larger goal to wire 500,000 homes and businesses with fiber services over the next five years.
SAVANNAH, Ga.–Hargray Fiber plans to expand its all-fiber Internet network into residential neighborhoods in Tifton, Georgia. The company began serving businesses in the Tifton area in 2020, and expansion into residential areas is part of Hargray Fiber’s long-term goal to offer the most advanced and fastest Internet available. in the world to more than 500,000 homes and businesses across the United States. by 2027.
Hargray Fiber CEO David Armistead stressed the importance of the company’s investment for consumers and the wider local community. “We are committed to providing underserved communities with the high-speed connectivity that is essential for families, businesses and local economies; without these essential services, many of the communities we target will not survive,” Armistead said. “We are excited to extend our services to Tifton and look forward to becoming long-term community partners.”
“This is great news for Tifton, Tift County and its residents, and we are honored to be part of Hargray Fiber’s growing list of service area towns,” said Tifton City Manager Pete Pyrzensky. “This expansion of residential service will complement the business connection recently offered to our community. We welcome Hargray Fiber’s investment as a way to help Tifton improve its overall capabilities to meet today’s connectivity demands.
With gigabit download and upload speeds, Hargray Fiber will bring 10 times the speed to consumers’ doorsteps at a time when fast, reliable internet is becoming increasingly essential for modern households.
For many consumers, the Internet touches every facet of daily life. Remote work, telehealth, and virtual learning all require robust and reliable connections. A 2021 study by Deloitte reported that 55% of US households include one or more remote workers, and 43% include at least one household member participating in virtual classes. Additionally, 50% of American adults had virtual doctor visits in the past year.
“Internet connectivity is no longer just about browsing or gaming,” said Hargray Fiber President Ashley Phillips. “Increasingly, we’re seeing households where multiple bandwidth-intensive activities are happening simultaneously. Imagine a home where a parent is in a Zoom meeting, a child is in a virtual classroom, and another member of the household is streaming TV. This is not an uncommon scenario, and many consumers’ Internet connections are simply not up to the task. Fiber-based Internet solves this problem by bringing the fastest connections and more robust directly to the hearths.
The 2021 Deloitte report also noted that the average US household now uses a total of 25 connected devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs, game consoles, home concierge systems like Amazon Echo and Google Nest, fitness trackers, cameras and security systems. , and smart home devices, such as connected exercise machines and thermostats.
Supporting this burgeoning ecosystem of home appliances can be a challenge for businesses that serve their customers via DSL or cable systems. “Old copper and coaxial wire networks worked very well for the technologies they were designed for. Copper lines are great for phone calls and coaxial cable worked well for cable TV, but these networks have struggling to provide the kind of bandwidth possible with fiber,” Gwynne said. Lastinger, chief operating officer at Hargray Fiber. “Fiber optic technology is the future. Fiber networks are more durable, more consistent, and they move data at the speed of light. Best of all, our network easily keeps pace with technological innovations, exponentially increasing bandwidth and evolving customer needs. The options are nearly limitless.”