Alabama Power is constructing thousands of miles of new fiber on its electrical system to support grid modernization efforts for greater grid reliability, resiliency, and security. Alabama Power is seeking to utilize available fiber to support cost-effective deployments by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). There are areas in Alabama today that do not have broadband access, which can be enabled by an ISP partner network. The Alabama Power and ISP combined fiber network can assist in closing the digital divide.
44% of serviceable locations in Alabama are in underserved or unserved territories for broadband access.
Broadband Money - Alabama Broadband Audit.
1 in 10 Alabama residents are not able to buy an internet plan of at least 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload speeds.
Broadband Now Alabama.
Providing rural broadband in Alabama directly added $242M to the GDP and 1,014 jobs in 2015.
The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband by Hudson Institute.
Alabama Power is deploying long haul fiber (on the transmission network between cities) and distribution fiber (constructed in rings around cities) along its electrical infrastructure. ISP utilizes our fiber infrastructure to build and own last mile (fiber from the neighborhood to the premise) fiber connections that lead to service for end users.
Alabama Power is building fiber across our service territory. We are open to partnership conversations anywhere within our electric footprint.View Availability Map