With the support of a $410,000 grant funding from Invest Atlanta, Fort Mac LRA has entered into a public-private partnership with A2D to build an Open Access Fiber-to-the-Premise Network. The all-fiber optic network, called “eCommunity Fort Mac” will enable multiple service providers to deliver enhanced broadband services, at gigabit speeds, to all Fort Mac facilities.

A2D, the largest minority-owned telco carrier in the United States, anticipates it will start construction of eCommunity Fort Mac the first quarter of 2019.

“We are so grateful for Invest Atlanta’s investment in the implementation of eCommunity Fort Mac,” said Fort Mac LRA Chairman of the Board Cassius Butts. “This funding enables us to lay the groundwork for greater access to gigabit networks in Southwest Atlanta and eventually across the entire city.”

Councilmember Joyce Sheperd added, “We are thrilled to see this investment at Fort Mac and the surrounding community. The community is excited about the Fort McPherson redevelopment and a fiber network that will help bridge the digital divide on the south side of Atlanta.”

In addition to implementing the network on Fort Mac’s campus, A2D will also roll out eCommunity Fort Mac to surrounding neighborhoods. As an open access network, eCommunity Fort Mac will enable existing providers to deliver gigabit level broadband services to residents and businesses in and around Fort Mac and also enable new providers to enter the local market. Providers are ready to use eCommunity Fort Mac to offer gigabit-ready services at competitive prices.

“We are committed to improving the lives of the Fort Mac community and surrounding neighborhoods,” said Fort Mac LRA Executive Director Brian Hooker. “This network infrastructure will give our businesses and residents access to fast, affordable internet that will grant them greater access to opportunity.”

View A2D’s Antwon Alsobrook presentation to the Fort Mac CES in January 2019.page1image49101056

For more information about eCommunityTM Fort Mac, visit http://ecommunitynetworks.org/fortmacatlanta/.