Carrollton families are among the first of Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative’s (EMC) consumers to receive fiber internet service from Crossbeam, the residential internet company of SyncGlobal Telecom. The fiber company began beta activations late July and is expecting approximately 20 homes to participate in the testing period.
Two years ago, Carroll EMC and Crossbeam announced a partnership to construct a residential, fiber-optic network across the cooperative’s service territory that will, eventually, offer high-speed internet to all co-op Members. Buildout of Phase I began December 2021 and more than 270 of the 800+ miles of mainline fiber have been constructed throughout the service area which includes portions of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties.
Kristi McWhorter, one of the first beta customers in the Phase I territory, shared with Crossbeam her excitement for the service.
“We are just so excited to finally be able to live,” said McWhorter. “To be able to do homework, to watch family movies, to just be able to stream on our phones…to be a part of the real world.”
Through Crossbeam’s service, consumers can choose from download speeds of 150 MBPS, 500 MBPS and 1 GBPS. All plans include managed Wi-Fi, firewalling, virus protection and parental controls. Home phone service will also be available for purchase.
Crossbeam anticipates that service will be made available to approximately 1,000 homes in portions of southwestern Carroll County and northwestern Haralson County by the end of the year. Members should register their address at crossbeam.net to ensure they receive updates as the project moves forward.