It can cost between $1,000 and $3,000 or more to string a fiber-optic cable out to a single home or business in Georgia, making it difficult to bring fast internet out to places like Crisp County. Costs for upcoming large-scale broadband expansion projects range depending on location and type of service, according to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data:

  • Roughly $3,000 per location for telecommunications company Windstream to build fiber-optic lines and wireless transmission towers for about 48,000 homes and businesses in largely rural parts of Georgia.

  • Roughly $1,200 per location for SpaceX to blanket nearly 23,000 homes and businesses with low-orbiting satellite connections across several counties, including the metro Atlanta area.

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