South Central Communications Commission: The first new broadband provider in decades

Posted October 06, 2019 07:18:58South Central Communications and Technology Co. (SCCTC), an Alabama-based telecommunications company, has announced that it has entered into a new fiber broadband and cable business.

The company, which had been building out its fiber network in the city of Columbia, Alabama, is launching a fiber network that will extend to downtown Columbia and downtown Birmingham. 

“The Columbia/Birmingham fiber network will allow us to deliver faster and more reliable broadband services to our customers,” said John H. Kornblut, SCCTC’s president and CEO.

“The city of Birmingham has been one of the fastest-growing areas in the U.S. for years and we are proud to offer this service to our residents, businesses, and residents of the surrounding areas.” 

According to a statement from SCCTCC, the Columbia/Byrd fiber network is expected to reach speeds of 10Gbps, a level of connection that would enable an average of 3,000 simultaneous users to access the Internet. 

SCCTCC is also announcing that it is acquiring two other existing fiber network providers.

The deal is expected at a later date, with an estimated completion date of December 2019. 

 “This acquisition provides SCCTCM’s fiber network with an additional layer of capacity for our customers, enabling us to offer customers faster and improved service,” said Kornbluut. 

The company also announced a $25 million grant to the Birmingham Metropolitan Development Corporation to help pay for the expansion of the fiber network. 

Other Fiber Providers to Join SCCTCP  South Central Telecom is also joining the Columbia Fiber network.

This new fiber network, which is expected in late 2019, will be located at the southern end of the Columbia River and will be able to provide up to 25 Mbps of broadband. 

In a statement, SCOTC said that the acquisition is the result of a partnership between SCOTCs new board and board of directors. 

“[We] will now work together to ensure that Columbia Fiber provides customers the best possible experience, in line with our long-standing and comprehensive customer relationships and commitment to delivering our customers the fastest and most reliable service available,” said Jim Hickey, SCNTC’s CEO. 

This is SCCTCTC first fiber network and first fiber acquisition in Birmingham.

It has been a challenging road for the company and we hope that the Columbia fiber network can continue to serve as a model for the nation, as SCCTCs fiber network has become a key tool for connecting the entire community. 

If you want to learn more about SCCTCLC or to learn about SCOTCE and SCOTCC’s new fiber plans, visit the SCCTCN blog here .

For more information, visit the SCCTCG blog here  and SCOTCC blog here