As many of you may have heard, Macon County and Balsam West Fibernet reached an agreement. This agreement was approved by the Macon County Board of Commissioners and the Balsam West Board of Directors in mid April, 2021.
As per the Request for Proposals from the County and the subsequent winning proposal from Balsam West, contstruction will begin on a fiber backbone in southern Macon County. This new backbone will extend from the Franklin city limits, to Otto, and on to Scaly Moutain. The completion of this backbone will initially bring high speed internet service to the Otto and Scaly Mountain community centers and volunteer fire and rescue facilities, and then enable expansion into the surrounding communities.
A joint press release on the project is forthcoming. We will post that when it becomes available.